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.

June Updates

So June went by way too fast. Summer really needs to slow down. We did a lot of fun stuff this month.

Fitness

My family, during Father’s Day weekend, always runs the No Label 1st Street 5K.  We have run it every year since the race began. We love it. We never run in that area so it is once a year and it ends at a brewery, No Label, which has a playground. We also normally have friends who run it too. It was a lot of fun.

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There is a free race series called Flash Mob which was on Thursday nights. This race series was cancelled a few years ago but they brought it back this year. They do it for 4 Thursdays in a row in June. It is normally a cross county type run so grass, dirt, trails which is great since I never get to run that anymore. I was really happy to see this race series back again.

I also got to go to Body Pump a couple of times in June. Body Pump is an hour weight lifting class which I enjoy. I normally do not do it during the school year because of crossfit/running but they have a Friday morning class I can fit in.

Toddler Activities

In June, my son only went to school on Wednesdays and Fridays. We have been going to a lot of storytimes and a couple of playdates. One of the storytimes we go to is right by my husbands work so we sometimes go eat lunch with him. One Monday I had signed him up for a special program at the zoo too. We learned about Komodo Dragons and pet lizards. He has also been progressing at swim class which is so much fun to see. He has been having a great summer.

Other

I have done 2 out of my 3 teacher trainings for the summer. We also went to Kentucky Lakes from yesterdays post. For Fathers Day we went to a minor league baseball game. Even though we have a major league team and we will go to a game this year, we like going to the minor league games for Father’s Day because it is smaller. We sit on the grass and watch the whole game. The stadium also has a lot for kids to do like splash pad, playground, blow-up toy things.

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This summer needs to slow down.

Kentucky Lakes

In June, my whole family met at Kentucky Lakes for a long weekend. For most of my family, it was only a few hours drive. For me, we flew into Nashville and rented a car. From Nashville to our rental home, it was two hours.

We got there on a Friday and left on Monday. Some of my family bought boats and wave runners with them. Other people bought water floats and noodles. It was a lot of fun. We rented two houses and there was a firepit between the houses. We also shared a dock to put everything. We were on a quiet cove so you could swim in the lake from our dock.

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Quiet Cove

Some things we did:

Friday- Some of us met at Paducah Brewing Co. The food was good and so was the pizza. We then went to stores and met back at the houses. That night, my whole family went out to eat at Moors Head Resort at their restaurant Ralphs.

Saturday- We played in the water all day. My husband and I got out to go do a crossfit workout. Otherwise it was boating and swimming.

Sunday- More water time. My husband borrowed the owners kayak and went kayaking. My little family also went to a brewpub called The Dam.

Monday- One last boat ride. Then time to go home.

We had to drive back to Nashville and had awhile since our flight was delayed. We went to a Trails of Tears museum. We then went and explored Nashville like at Jackalope Brewery.

We loved Kentucky Lakes and really enjoyed the rental we stayed at. This is a place I would definitely go visit again.

Where we stayed.

Homemade Blueberry Crumb Cake

Last week I found a recipe to use some of our blueberries that we picked. I had frozen the blueberries so that we could use them for smoothies and other things. After looking through multiple blueberry recipes, I found this one for Blueberry Crumb Cake.

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Ease: 4/5. It was probably easier but I had a three-year old helping me.

Rating: 5/5. This rating it coming from me, my son, my husband and two friends who ate it after a run.

Changes: None but didn’t add anything like pecans neither. One thing though, the topping is supposed to be like crumbs. Mine was way too buttery so it stuck together. Maybe less butter? It still tasted fine though.

Recipe: You can find it here.

Picture:

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April 2018 FoodStirs review…in June.

Now that school is out, I have time to play catch-up. Sort of. I am playing catch-up with all parts of my life right now so it does get tricky.

Last week my son and I baked. I love to get him in the kitchen and helping and he likes to bake because he has a little sweet tooth. 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. April was Earth Day themed Snickerdoodle cookies. They include everything you need for the dry ingredients. They also include the decorations. I just needed to provide the eggs, butter, yogurt and oil. They also sent us some coupons too. IMG_20180607_145928485

Here is our finished product. It was really simple to follow and my son could help stir (batter did get out of the bowl). We didn’t have enough batter to fill up all 6 flower pots to the correct amount but that just means people who do not want a full cookie can have a half cookie. My son really loved the gummy worms that came with the box.

Ravioli Lasagna

This week I made my husband some Ravioli lasagna for work. I got this recipe from a friend so I will share the recipe first.

Ravioli Lasagna

What you need:

  • Frozen ravioli
  • Shredded Cheese (I did Mozzarella and Cheddar)
  • Ground Beef
  • Sauce (we used more of a crushed tomato)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cook Ground Beef
  3. Grease a casserole dish
  4. Layer it like you would a normal lasagna. Ravioli noodles, cooked ground beef, sauce, cheese and repeat. Do this until you run out of room or ingredients.
  5. Cook for 45 minutes.

Husbands Rating: 5/5

Ease: 4.5/5

Picture:

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April and May Updates

So to give a run down of events in April/May, I will do it in one blog post. I was going to do April’s by itself but then realized it was like May 25th and I would have to post May anyway.

Birthday Weekend:

My son turned 3 in April and we had a full weekend planned for him. We first did the Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run. Afterwards, they have a huge party with games, bounce houses, etc. The only problem was that is freakishly cold. It was also drizzling the whole time so we didn’t stay as long as we thought.

My son also had his birthday party that day at The Little Gym. It was so easy for me. I just provided the cake, food, etc and they did the rest for us. So easy and fun for all the kids. Since the weather was so bad, the kids were really happy to get all their energy out.

The next day we went to his friend’s birthday party at a playground.

Running/Working Out/Fitness:

The half marathon I had been training for happened in April. It was the Blue Bell Half Marathon. It was their first time having a half marathon. My friends and I drove up the night before and slept in the town. The race itself is run by the local high school. It was very hilly through the country with beautiful flowers. Luckily, it was chilly out because some people got their first water station at mile 7. I got water at Mile 3 and Mile 7. The race organizers realized their mistake and say it will be better next time. When you finish, there is Blue Bell Ice Cream. Since it was cold, the high school opened their doors for the runners to go inside.

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Blue Bell Half Marathon Scenery

We also as a family did a Cinco de Mayo 5k. My husband even placed in his age group and he does not really run anymore.

I ended May by doing the Murph at Crossfit. For those who do not know, the Murph was named after Michael P. Murphy who was a United States Navy SEAL officer. Each Memorial Day Weekend, people do this workout in his honor. It is a 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and end with another mile 1. Some people wear weight vests and others modify it to suit their skill/fitness level.

Family/Friends:

We have had a lot of fun these last couple of months. We went to a small local rodeo since my son had so much fun at the huge one. My sons favorite part at this rodeo is that they had little pig races and he saw a pig swim.

We also went camping in May. We normally only camp October-May because the summer months are just unbearable. My son had a lot of fun catching lightning bugs this time while we camped. He also liked the hammock we had between two trees.

For Mother’s Day we went to a brewery we really like but it is over an hour away. We were excited to go because they had recently opened up a kitchen and the food was really good.

The last thing we did was go blueberry picking. We only got about 1.5 pounds but that is plenty for us. We will probably go fruit picking another too this summer.

Summer 2018 Kidbox

I decided to get my son another Kidbox, one for summer. My son is starting to outgrow his 2T clothes so I was interested in what we would get.

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.

So I thought I took a picture of the clothes but I didn’t and now I am too lazy to go get them out of his dresses.

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So here is my “bill.” You can see the retail price and their discount. So if you keep everything, it costs only $98. We loved almost everything we got this month except the ECKO clothes. They seem huge. The Puma 2 piece is adorable as are the two shirts from Appaman and Andy + Evan. The Reebox shorts are also nice. My son is very active and during the school year he plays soccer and takes a yoga class.

We are always happy with the whole Kidbox process. Want to try it? Go here.

Barbella May Review 2018

So it has been awhile since I posted but I had computer issues for a while and then life. Anyways, I decided to get this months Barbella Box on purpose because Fleo had shorts in it and I love Fleo Shorts. They had four colors and you would be surprised which one you get. These are not sold in their shop. Plus Fleo shorts run from $42-50 and the Barbella Box costs $50 so kind of even.

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Here is what I got:

  1. Fleo Shorts in Red Barbella Leaf ($44.95)

This is not the color I wanted but whatever. They have a group you can change colors/sizes but I don’t feel like going through that mess. They are the 3.25 length which is what I prefer. I wanted the purple pair(1st) or blue pair (last) from the picture below.

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2. Native Deodorant ($12)

All natural deodorant which I have never tried before. It does smell good.

3. Gobi Gear Segsac 15L ($20)

My husband actually owns this exact one already. Basically it is a sac with 4 compartments in it. It is small but holds a lot. My husband uses it for camping, like one compartment holds his socks/underwear, one his shirts and so on. I think this would be good for dirty laundry while traveling.

4. Sandbar Handcare Bar Butter ($8)

I thought it was chapstick (which it can be) but it is for any burns or abrasions you have. So like chafing, rope burns etc. I think I will use it for chafing from running mostly.

 

They also included a sample of Hum Nutrition Raw Beauty Powder which is supposed to help your skin while giving you energy.