October 2018 Stitch Fix Review

Last week I got my Stitch Fix. The photos are horrible quality and weird angles. My husband was lying down and refused to get up. I would have redone them but I was done for the night. I always ask my husband for his opinions and then I text the pictures to two of my very honest friends for their opinions too.

If you are new to Stitch Fix, this is how it works:

1. Fill out your Style Profile. This gives detail on your style, sizes, budget and anything else like a link to your pinterest board.

2. Once you have “ordered” your box, they will send you 5 items from a personal stylists.  It is a $20 styling fee which is applied as a credit toward anything you keep. I actually have a Style Pass(I have no idea how I got it) which means I pay $49 for the whole year instead and I get a one-time $49 credit.

3. Try everything on. They send you Style Cards with recommendations on how to wear your outfit.  You have three days to decide what you do and do not want.

4. Buy what you like and return the rest. If you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off your entire purchase.  Don’t like something, they send you a pre-paid mailing bag to drop in the mailbox.  It is free shipping.

Here is what I got:

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Papermoon Larie Crew Neck Blouse ($44) and Democracy Kathryn Bootcut Jean ($68)

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I kept the blouse. I thought it would be a nice top for teaching that I could wear with jeans but also professional pants. The jeans fit great but when I unbuttoned them, the zipper automatically went down. If I am paying $68 for jeans then I want them to be really sturdy.

Same jeans and Papermoon Ampton Back Detail Knit Top ($34)

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This top was so soft and was almost a keep. My two reasons for not keeping it: not a fan of olive colors and thought the blouse was more professional. I had decided to only keep one item even before I opened the box because I am trying to spend less money and put more into savings. You know, being adult and all.

Same jeans and top from above and Just USA Starling Denim Jacket ($68)

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First, the jacket would not button on me so fit was a no go. Second, not a fan of denim jackets. I don’t think I have ever owned a denim jacket and I am not going to start now. For the people who love denim jackets, good for you and I am sure they look fab on you, just not a fan for myself.

Market & Spruce Britta T-shirt Dress ($64)

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This was almost a win too. I love t-shirt dresses. However, not a fan of the price. My friend also did not like the neckline and sleeve detail. I also own a lot of striped items so maybe if this was different print or even colors because most of my striped items are black/white or white/navy.

Want to try Stitch Fix? Go here.

Foodstirs August 2018 Review

It’s been a month. Let’s just get started on a Foodstirs review. We actually did this one a few weeks ago but yeah. So every two months we get a FoodStirs box. Foodstirs is a baking subscription box and if you are on the plan, they send you a box every other month. August was a summer theme box. They include everything you need for the dry ingredients. They also include the decorations. I just needed to provide the eggs, butter, and water.

This month was a boat themed caramel brownies. Please excuse the messy table, we had all of our brownies ingredients out. This one was pretty easy and I liked baking the brownies in cupcake cups instead of a brownie pan, that way your kid gets their own already portioned brownie. Plus you put a piece of caramel candy in the middle. This one needed a lot of parent help especially if your kid is really young. I had to poke holes for the flag and tape the bowl. My son really had fun though and couldn’t wait to show his dad what we made.IMG_20180923_190039201 (2)

Want to try it? Go here.

Foods I have cooked

I have been cooking, my husband has just not taken any pictures and sent them to me. So this will post will just have four different recipes and our thoughts.

Best Sausage and Pepper Recipe (their title, not mine)

Husbands rating: Not good. He thinks it might have been good if he ate it right out of the oven and not as lunch leftovers because he said the peppers did not reheat well.

Ease: 5/5

Changes: Did not use red vinegar.

Recipe: You can go here

 

 

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Husbands rating: Can’t remember but I don’t think he really liked it. I want to say that he thought the chicken might be dry.

Ease: 5/5. Real easy.

Changes: None

Recipe: You can go here.

 

Crockpot Chicken Fajita

Husbands Rating: I think he really enjoyed this one.

Ease: 4.5/5. Just hard to cut chicken into strips once it is in there.

Changes: None. I do not think my husband used tortillas, just like a fajita bowl.

Recipe: You can go here.

 

Tuna Salad

Husbands Rating: 5/5

Ease: 5/5

Changes: None, I made it up.

Recipe: I took two cans of tuna, added a bunch of mayo, some mustard, added a cut up onion and some cut up celery. Mix it all together and that is what he wanted.

 

August Update

It has been awhile. I really didn’t mean for it to be. Back to school has really hit me hard as I moved to a new school in my district this year so the start might have been a bit rougher. Anyway, time for updates:

Fitness:

I had a set back this month which I will get to at the end. I couldn’t work out for about a week which doesn’t seem bad but then could only use one arm for like another two weeks (until really today). I did run one race this month which is one I really enjoy. I did the El Chupacabra de Houston Nighttime Trail Race 10K. I have done this race for many years. This is one of the few times during the year I get to run trails so I really enjoy it. My race was just eh. I hadn’t been running, couldn’t bend one arm and just struggling with the heat. Despite all of that, I finished and only a few minutes worse than last year. Hopefully next year I will do better.

Marathon training has also officially begun again.

Family:

I went back to work at the beginning of the month and my son went back too. We are trying hard to stick to our night routine of playing a game as a family and reading together. Before I went back to work, my friends threw a huge End of Summer playdate so it was nice to see everyone before I become too busy to do anything. Other things we have done:

  • Gone to 2 going away parties for our friends(two separate couples)
  • Gone to the zoo as a whole family
  • Gone to a MLB game. The Astros have a Astros Buddies Program where you get 4 tickets to a game, backpack, socks, hat, etc for like $28.
  • Gone to 11 Below Brewery

Things I have done:

  • Two separate brunches with friends
  • Saw the play Mousetrap. Highly recommend it. Very fun night.

Medical:

This is the year of emergency room visits for myself. So on August 11th, I had just gotten done running and was taking my dog on a walk. We have this 1 mile route I like in my neighborhood. As we were walking there were two loose dogs, a little one and a big one. The big one started running towards my dog (who was on his leash). I picked up my dog (he is like 19 lbs) and the big dog jumped and grabbed my elbow and the jumped again. I thought he has gotten my dog. I started screaming and running towards some doorbells when I saw a car coming. The car stopped and let me in. At this point, I see blood everywhere and I thought it was from my dog when I looked at my arm. The lady drove me home and got my husband to help me as my dog was protecting me too much for her to help. This lady was a lifesaver and I feel so bad as I got blood all over her car. My husband started cleaning my wound and took me to the emergency room. They did x-rays, gave me a tetanus shot and sent me home when they determined nothing serious was wrong. They couldn’t do stitches because the dogs bacteria would have been stuck in my body. I was all wrapped up and was bleeding for a few days. I still made it to the Astros game but like the 4th inning. I put a warning out to my neighborhood and was given the dogs owner. The hospital had called Animal Control and I put in a police report. It is now three weeks later and I still have one scab, the rest have fallen off, can’t move my arm completely yet and have some scars that still pus when move. I saw the dog loose the other day. I am terrified to walk my dog that path because of that dog. I don’t want that dog put down but that lady has no business owning it. I would also like her to pay for my medical bills when they come in but I was told by the police I would have to sue.

So yeah, that was my August.

Kidbox Back to School 2018 Review

My husband and I decided to get my son another Kidbox with his next size up. Not that he is there yet but it will be nice to have once he gets there.

Here is how it works:

  1. Go to the website and fill out a style survey. They ask for things such as colors to avoid, what do you need more of, what will they not wear, their style.
  2. They only ship out 5 times a year but you can skip a season if you would like.
  3. Review the box. You have 7 days before you are billed. If you keep everything, it is $98. If you keep only a few pieces, they offer it at a discount.
  4. Ship back what you do not want.
  5. If you kept it all, pick a charity you want Kidbox to donate clothes to.

In this box we also got a water bottle and a coupon. Kidbox has another box called Kidsentials  and they are $30/box which gives you socks and underwear. The coupon is to try is for $15. We will probably try it but his next size. We signed him for the sporty style box.

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  1. Adidas Boys Logo Tee $20, their price $15
  2. Lee Color Block Raglan Short Sleeve $33, their price $25
  3. DKNY Boys Subway Raglan Tee $18, their price $14
  4. Puma Boys Color Block Fleece $34, their price $26
  5. Puma Boys French Terry Jogger $36, their price $27
  6. Lee Boys Slim Fit Stretch Denim Jean $36, their price $27
  7. Reebox Boys 3PC Set $66, their price $50

So all the prices come to $243 or $184 their price. However, if you keep everything it is only $98.

We like almost everything in this box. The Puma sweatshirt is not my favorite but my son will not wear coats but will wear a sweatshirt so it will work for his school cubby. I do wish there was maybe one long-sleeve top but our winter was so nice last year that this year will probably be terrible(meaning really warm) and we might not really need any this year.

Want to try it yourself? Go here.

Oreo Pie

Next week I will be going back to work and my son will be back at school. Because of this, I have been trying to jam pack our last bit of time together. Yesterday we decided to make homemade Oreo pie with a recipe I found. Since I run with friends on Thursday nights, I brought it to them too. This pie was a hit and it was pretty simple to make. The marshmallows goes really well with the Oreo crust. It is nice and refreshing on a hot day and not too heavy. It also does not have a real sugary taste.

Oreo Pie

Rating: 5/5

Ease: 4/5. My pie crust didn’t turn out perfect as I didn’t smash it enough. It still tasted good though.

Changes: I didn’t use chocolate shavings and instead used cookies and cream sprinkles I found at the store. I also didn’t use a double boiler pan as I don’t have one and just used a regular pot to melt the marshmallows.

Recipe: You can find it here

Picture: As you can see, we enjoyed it a lot.

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Barbella Box July 2018 Review

The beginning of July was a crazy month as I was out-of-town, which means I forgot to skip my Barbella box. I have a planner on my desk but I go July-June (school calendar) and hadn’t put my reminder to look at the Barbella spoilers on Instagram. So I got one this month. Barbella Box is $49.99 a month but you can skip if you want. You only have a few days into the month to skip though.

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This box was curated by Katrin Davidsdottir who has won the Crossfit Games in the past.

  1. Reebox Crossfit Front Rack Sports Bra ($45)

I am currently wearing this sports bra. It is really comfy and seems pretty supportive as I did a jump test. I am going to workout later today which is why I am wearing it. It is pretty lowcut though which doesn’t bother me but I know it bothers other people. How I will miss the summer and have to wear real clothes.

2. Zevia Sparkling Water ($1.99)

Just a sparkling water which I can drink but not my favorite. I haven’t tried this one.

3. Ascent Protein Single Serve ($3)

I normally do not take any kind of powders or special fuels but interested in trying protein since I am a vegetarian.

4. Makeup By Tracy Lip Glaze in Poster Girl ($24)

This lip glaze goes on very smooth. It is a pinkish-brown color which looked nice on.

5. Sparkly Soul Headband ($15)

I always wear headbands when I workout. I normally do cheap Goodie ones from Target and my more expensive ones for races (I normally wear Sweaty Bands.) This one is sparkly and silver, all things I love so I was excited to see this.

6. Be the Best Me Rubber bracelet

 

Pretty good value for everything you get. The bra is my favorite item as you can never have too many but I was also really happy to see the headband too. Interested in trying? You can go here.

 

Foodstirs June 2018 Review

I actually made my Foodstirs box the month I got it, well sort of. I got this box at the end of June, almost July and it is 4th of July themed so I will pretend it is a July box. I believe this is the first time ever. With school out, I have a lot more time to do things like bake with my son.

We baked last week after our little vacay. My son loves to help me bake so this is perfect for him. So every two months we get a FoodStirs box. Foodstirs is a baking subscription box and if you are on the plan, they send you a box every other month. June was 4th of July themed. They include everything you need for the dry ingredients. They also include the decorations. I just needed to provide the eggs, butter, yogurt and milk. IMG_20180712_134830947

So this one was a Firecracker Treat Pop using cake mix. My son liked mixing the dry ingredients but I think he liked mixing the icing more to see the color changes especially with the pink and orange to make red.

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Here is our finished product. Please excuse the one not in its container. My son wanted to eat one right away and then put it back like this because really he just wanted the icing. It was pretty simple to do and to set it up. The actual baking time is what takes the longest.

Foodstirs does not pay me for my reviews, I pay them. If you want to try it go here.

July 2018 Stitch Fix Review

Last week I got my Stitch Fix. I didn’t have time to try them on until the day they were due. I always ask my husband for his opinions and then I text the pictures to two of my very honest friends for their opinions too.

If you are new to Stitch Fix, this is how it works:

1. Fill out your Style Profile. This gives detail on your style, sizes, budget and anything else like a link to your pinterest board.

2. Once you have “ordered” your box, they will send you 5 items from a personal stylists.  It is a $20 styling fee which is applied as a credit toward anything you keep. I actually have a Style Pass(I have no idea how I got it) which means I pay $49 for the whole year instead and I get a one-time $49 credit.

3. Try everything on. They send you Style Cards with recommendations on how to wear your outfit.  You have three days to decide what you do and do not want.

4. Buy what you like and return the rest. If you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off your entire purchase.  Don’t like something, they send you a pre-paid mailing bag to drop in the mailbox.  It is free shipping.

Here is what I got:

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My letter from my stylists

Market & Spruce Elody Embroidered Detail Dress ($68)

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This dress was cute and has small cutouts on the top. One of my friends did not like the dress because she thought it felt too 95-97 with the daisy fad. I didn’t like how high the armpit holes were. I couldn’t see myself being comfortable wearing this all day so back it went.

Alice Blue Simona Henley Blouse ($36) and Kut From the Kloth Kristi Frayed Boyfriend Jeans ($88)

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I love Kut from the Kloth jeans so I knew this pair would be a winner. I needed a new paid of capri’s for when school starts back up. These fit so well and makes me look slimmer. The blouse was cute but had no stretch to it which I like my shirts to have some stretch to them. So the blouse went back.

Your Story Bowman Lace Detail Top ($44) and same jeans

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One of my friends really liked this top, my husband thought it was okay and I though my meh so it went back.

Threads 4 Thought Ade Colorblock Legging ($74) and top from above

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Now this outfit is a winner! Just kidding, I just didn’t feel like finding a top. These leggings were so soft and comfy. However, they are see-through and not squat proof. If I am going to pay $74 for leggings, they better not show anything!!

Want to try it for yourself? Go here

Fort Worth Vacation

Last week my family did a mini-vacay in Fort Worth. I was already there for my volunteer job so my husband and son got in the car and drove on up. We stayed at the Texan Gaylord. It is huge! For this summer, they have Smurf stuff everywhere and special Smurf classes, escape room, parade, etc. They also have a water park on their property with a shuttle to take you back to the hotel. We really liked staying there and have plans to come back sometime in the future.

Thursday:

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Our room

I was there first so I checked in, like 3 hours early. Luckily for me, they had a King-sized room ready. This room was huge. It was a corner room so we had two full walls of windows. There was plenty of room for my son to play with his Lego’s we bought. The room also had a mini-fridge so we could buy milk. When my family got there, they were starving so we ate at the hotel at their Tex-Mex restaurant which sits on the restaurants Riverwalk (it is supposed to look like San Antonio). The drinks and food were good but pricey but this is also hotel prices. We then got changed and went to the pool. The pool was so crowded and there was a DJ playing. There were no chairs left but a family was leaving and told us to take theirs. We played in the water for over an hour and got ready to go out.

We decided to go see the Fort Worth Stockyards. Since neither of us have ever been, we didn’t know what to expect. My son did not enjoy them. He thought there would be animals that he could see and we only saw a couple. My husband loves country music so we did go to Billy Bob’s for some food and to listen. We then headed back to the hotel and put on Netflix which you can do straight from the remote.

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hotel

Friday: 

Since we are all sharing a King-size bed(our toddler likes to sleep with us anyway), we all just cuddled up and slept in which is really nice. I decided to get up and go workout at Grapevine Crossfit. When I got back, I showered real quick and we went to Legoland. I had bought tickets for 10 am months ago and recommend buying in advance. When we got there at 10, people who did not have tickets couldn’t get any until 2. When we left Legoland, it was 3:30 with the last entry being 5.

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Legoland

My son loves building and loves Legos so this was perfect for him. He built a lot, did a ride, watched a movie and built some more. When he was ready for lunch, we went through the gift shop and bought him a set.

For lunch we did Rainforest Cafe. Even though it is touristy, in a bunch of cities and overpriced, we knew our son would love it and he did. After lunch we did the Sealife aquarium. I had bought the combo tickets for that and Legoland. The aquarium was cute and my son enjoyed looking at the fishes. He really liked this turtle activity where you took care of a turtle and the tube with the sharks swimming over you.

We also went to Grapevine Brewery Co. for some drinks and Tolberts for some Chili. They win a lot of awards and my husband has known about them for a while.

Saturday: 

I had signed us up to run at Rahr and Son’s Red White and Brew Fun Run. It was not a race, just a fun run. We stayed there for a bit and headed back to the hotel. My husband originally wanted to leave on Saturday but we decided to stay an extra day since we were having such a great time. We went to Jake’s Burgers for lunch which I recommend. When we got back, they had a balloon animal artist so my son got a balloon animal.

That night we went to the Paradise Springs Waterpark which is a part of your stay. We went close to closing time. The reason: crowds and not as sunny. We wanted to go when maybe people would start going to dinner. We stayed until they closed which was almost two hours and probably the perfect amount of time with our toddler. My son loved the lazy river, the slides* and they had these swings in the water.

*You have to go feet first for safety and half way down, my son turned his little body to go head first. He got in trouble with the lifeguard.

On Sunday we drove home. It was a really nice vacation and I really enjoyed it. We will definitely have to go back to Ft. Worth another time.