Thursday, August 21, 2014

Planning a party for a 5 year old...

"Momma, please sit here and tell me again about my party," Ethan requested for about the eighth time since dinner, last night.  He sat on the sofa, legs stretched straight out in front of him, and patted the seat beside him.

As I told him about the plans for his upcoming party at Chuck E Cheese, he held my arm tightly, and smiled.

When I finished, he giggled and jumped off the couch... but I knew he'd be back to ask about the party again before bed... and who knows how many more times before the big day actually gets here.

...and I was worried that I would have nothing to do in preparation for this party - since they take care of the invites, decorations, activities, food, and favors!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stitchfix Fix #2 - Still Drinking the Kool-aid!

Newsflash: I have no extra time for "me".

Yesterday was the perfect example of the extreme end of this spectrum... I had to work late (that makes for a 12 hour work day, yippee!), and it was also the end to Jim's most recent work trip (8 days away from him is actually the longest we've been apart in 9 years! But that's probably deserves a whole other post...).  So I've been cramming all the parenting-duties (i.e. cuddles and cooking and cleaning) plus the all the working-mom-duties (i.e. show up for work) into each 24 hour section of the last 8 days.  I'm not writing a sob story... just saying that I barely am able to find time to shower, much less shop for me on a regular basis!

So anyhow - yesterday was delivery day for Fix #2!!!  What's a "fix"? Stitch fix is this kind of awesome subscription service... they send you five clothing items based on your likes and size.  You try stuff on (after having an incredibly stressful day... and realize that you might just look cute for work, tomorrow instead of wearing the same thing, again) and keep what you want - only paying for what you keep.  There's a $20 fee per fix, but that goes towards any items you keep!  And I can't help but also mention that there is a referral program - it's how I signed up!  A friend was raving about the service on facebook, and I clicked on her link to sign up.  She got $25 and I haven't regretted signing up!  So... if you're thinking about signing up - please use my link!

After my failure to take decent photos for the last fix... I figured I'd try a different tactic.
Detail shots.  (Because I have a little secret - it's the details that make me love StitchFix...)

Item 1: Mystree - Kristi Lace Detailed Striped Dress

I have to be honest - because why not? I am going to a wedding at the end of the month, and I specifically requested a dress to wear to a wedding.  When I pulled this out of the box, I did NOT think it would fit... And I was completely underwhelmed with the style.  Dresses like this never fit me... the waist never falls correctly! Well... this dress is kind of darling and daring and totally cute... and I love it!  See the lace band under the stripes? It's see through... love that detail.  The zipper on the back is kind of bronze and totally visible... love that detail.  And it twirls... and it gives me a decent waistline.  And I don't have to hem it!  My stylist (I love saying that I have a stylist) suggests wearing it with an accessory that has a pop of color - either shoes or a bag... I'm going to have to work on that part.

Item 2: Ezra - Jezeline Emroidery V-Neck Top

I thought maybe I had outgrown my hippie-phase... but then I put this shirt on... and I knew I'll never outgrow it.  I love the detail and the colors... and it's the softest cotton.  It's definitely a casual shirt that will be perfect for chasing my little guys, without looking like a slob!

Item 3: Zad - Classy Clover Chandelier Earrings
Item 4: 19 Cooper - Cathleen Tie-Waist Tunic

The next two items were the earrings and the tunic.  The earrings were "ok"... but honestly they didn't wow me.  The tunic had a great shoulder detail (see the photo), but the color made me feel like I was wearing nursing scrubs or something.  It just didn't make me feel pretty... so not keeping it.

Item 5: Just Black - Banks High Rise Cropped Skinny Jean

So... these just did not work.  I give my stylist mad props for finding me a pair of pants that I wouldn't have had to hem (how?).  But... they were weird baggy, except for my butt - which looked awful in them... probably because the waist band went all the way up to hit my bra (not kidding).  So no... just no.

I ended up keeping two things - item 1 and 2 - and I think that qualifies for a successful fix!  I'm definitely still drinking the StitchFix Kool-aid... I already scheduled my next fix for September 10th!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I miss bread.

We don't have a gluten intolerance... and we're not doing any form of atkins-like dieting... but bread has been scarcely found in our home since Ethan's allergy diagnosis.

I miss BREAD.

I miss Grilled Cheese Sammies, and Toast, and Egyptian Eggs, and Bread Crumbs... 


After a friend posted about her 3 year love affair with a Cuisinart Bread machine ending abruptly... (she made a loaf every other day for 3 years! Plus pizza dough and JAM!)... well... I ordered this.... 

It should arrive early next week...

Hello, world of bread, We're back!