Conversations with a 3 Year Old

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How do you feel when you wake up in the morning?

I feel I want my monster trucks.

Describe a time when you were sick.

It was like this…(makes a sort of snorting noise)…like that.

Which toys have you outgrown?

I play with my toys so I can grow up so I can play with my toys.

How do you feel about brothers and sisters?

I’m a big brother and I touch her arm, look at her eyes, and pet her head and look at her eyes.

What bugs do you like? What bugs do you dislike?

Nobody can let the bugs eat me…and spiders and bees.

Is there something you can’t stop thinking about? What is it?

The dishwasher.

If people could see inside you, what would they see?

A fart noise.

Whom would you love to have sitting in your room talking to you?

But you’re talking to me. (Confused look)

What is your favorite drink? Why?

Orange juice. Because we don’t have any orange juice.

What kinds of animals do you like?

Elephant that stomps. Camel. A sheep and a giraffe. Dogs.

I used to dislike ____, but now I think I like it.

The griddle.

What would your perfect day be like?

It would be a bouncy ball.

Pick a parent. What is the most important thing to that parent?

Grandpa is the most important thing to his parents. But Mommy’s aren’t. And Daddy’s aren’t. And the bathrooms aren’t. And the cabinets – open and close.

What was the last fruit or veggie you ate?

I never eat a carrot. I eat real food. Not pretend food.

B’s Birthday Fun

My little guy turned 3 recently. What?! We had an awesome week hanging with family, traveling to Niagara Falls, and a semi-homemade interactive birthday cake.

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IMG_0150Bummed he wasn’t able to play with his cake just yet.

IMG_0154That sweet face when he realized we were all singing Happy Birthday to him.

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IMG_8147His “I just did a good job blowing out that candle” pose.

IMG_8148Finally getting to play with the cake! Excavating the icing.

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IMG_8153Miss C holding Great-Grandma Margaret’s finger. So sweet. 

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Stitch Fix Review #1

It’s here, it’s here! I only checked the package tracking like 20 times and anxiously awaited its arrival when it said OUT FOR DELIVERY. Then, after Little B was down for a nap, I slipped out to the mailbox and brought it back to my room. It was like Christmas morning in my little world…aaaaannnndd, cue the baby crying. Grr.

Settled Baby C down for her nap….ok, back to my Christmas morning.

Then, commence the happy dance when I opened this beautiful box and unwrapped the gems inside.

This is my Stitch Fix experience and I’m in love. No driving to the store.  No long hours finding something that fits right. No lines. No dragging the kids to the mall.

It’s awesome. And I’m hooked now. My first fix was awesome. Valerie is awesome. The new clothes are awesome.

Stitch Fix 1-007How It Works

  • Go to Stitch Fix website. {Referral Link}
  • Fill out Style Profile (info about your size, shape, what you do, what you like, Pinterest board, etc.)
  • A stylist picks out 5 clothes/accessories and mails them to you.
  • Try them on. Keep what you like. Send back what you don’t within 3 business days.
  • Cost – There is a $20 Styling Fee charged when the box ships. This fee is added as credit, however, towards the purchase of any items you choose to keep.  Each item has a price listed and you checkout online after you decide what you will be keeping. If you keep everything, it is 25% each item. {More about cost below}

Here are the styling cards that come in each box.  They tell you how to style each of the pieces.  This would be fantastic if I owned all these different items.  Got some great ideas though!

Stitch Fix 1-008The Fix

1. Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse — {KEEP}

This is my favorite fall color. It is fitted and loose in all the right places. It’s versatile and has interesting details. I’ve been looking for something EXACTLY like this, and it came right to my door.

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Stitch Fix 12. Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee — {KEEP}

Loved the material and the casual nature of this tee. Perfect for my daily “uniform”. However, it did fit a little clingy as I walked about the house. I didn’t really like having to adjust the shirt so that it didn’t bunch up around my recently-pregnant midsection. It wasn’t horrible by any means, but it wasn’t fantastic either. I ended up keeping this top because the 25% off the box (after keeping everything) ended up being more than the cost of the shirt. As I work to lose some of this baby weight, I think it will become more flattering. Right now, it works well under a loose fitting cardigan.

Stitch Fix 1-0033. Adorra Skinny Jean – {KEEP}

Oh my word. These are the best jeans. I will definitely get my money out of these puppies.  They are comfortable and slimming. Watch out, yoga pants.

Stitch Fix 1-0054. Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf — {KEEP}

I love infinity scarves. They are easy and beautiful. This one with all these adorable little birds sitting on branches. So stinking cute. It’ll go with everything.

Stitch Fix 1-0065. Durante Tie-Dye Draped Cardigan — {KEEP}

I never would have tried this on at the store. But it’s so cool. Again, interesting details. Kinda edgy. Flowy, right length, right fit.  I feel slightly Breakfast Club in this cardigan and I’m cool with that.

Stitch Fix 1-004That’s it. Keeping it all. First box.

I just signed up for Automatic Fixes – which means I will be getting a box every other month to update my wardrobe.

About the Cost…

Yes, these items are certainly more than what I would typically spend at the store.  Honestly, I would probably look at the price tag and not even try them on. I’m more on the saver side of the spender/saver spectrum.

But…I saved time. I saved stress. And I might even save money over time if you look at it in a quality vs. quantity light. This tired and busy Mama is okay with spending a little more on something that makes me feel great.  Just ask my family – I’ve been super nice to them today while wearing my new threads. 🙂

Here are some ideas to help with the cost of Stitch Fix.

  • Use your referral link. Whenever someone signs up for Stitch Fix using your referral link, you get $25.
  • I saw one review where the woman limits herself to keep only 1 items per box. This would take some willpower to choose if you like more than 1 item, but it’s not a bad idea.  Example: the scarf in my box was $28. After the $20 styling credit, if I would keep only that it would be $28 – $20 = $8. Not bad for a beautiful scarf. {{UPDATE: I’m not sure where my head was at, but I forgot to factor in the $20 styling charge when the box ships. This would cancel out the $20 credit on the final bill.  Essentially, when all is said and done, the scarf would still be a $28 item. Does that make any sense?? Sorry for the confusion!!}}
  • Think of it as cost-per-wear. Better quality = longer life = more wears. I guess only time will tell if this is true.
  • Set a clothing budget, track it, and stick to it.
  • Don’t forget to factor in the time, gas, and stress savings.
  • {UPDATE} Make a plan for a capsule wardrobe. This has so many advantages, some of which include time and sanity savings as well as cost savings. I like these articles on a capsule wardrobe.

Have you tried Stitch Fix? Did you like it?