Stitch Fix #2 + Oh, Hey Friday

My second Stitch Fix arrived yesterday, so I thought I’d share it for oh hey Friday…you know, because it IS five things (so convenient)!  Want to see what I got?

Stitch Fix 2


Tucker Mixed Print Split-Back Tank

Tucker Mixed Print Split-Back Tank

I liked the idea of this, but it just didn’t work.  I thought the print was overpowering, and the way the shirt was cut it accentuated my bust in a bad way.  It was also cut too far in and showed my bra straps, which I don’t like.  Verdict: Sent Back.


Tori Colorblock Graphic Print Tank

Tori Colorblock Graphic Print Tank

Another one I liked the idea of, but it was just too small.  I could squeeze it on, but there was zero give to the material.  Verdict: Sent Back.


Apollo Sleeveless Sheath Dress in Pink

Apollo Sleeveless Sheath Dress in Pink

I LOVED this dress but it just didn’t fit! Too small, but exactly my style.  Isn’t the detail at the top gorgeous?  Verdict: Sent Back.


Wrenn V-Neck Jersey Top in Coral

Wrenn V-Neck Jersey Top in Coral

The fit on this was ok, but I felt like it showed every bump and trouble spot on my midsection.  (I’m wearing it with the skirt below, so you can see what I mean.)  It did fit well up around my bustline, but the neckline was a bit weird on me.  Verdict: Sent Back.


June Polka Dot Skirt in Navy

June Polka Dot Skirt in Navy

I loved this skirt immediately.  It’s a bit snug, but I can see myself using it for a long time to come.  Since I’m hoping to continue losing weight, I’m ok with it being snug.  I love the polka dots!  Verdict: Kept!

Want in on Stitch Fix?  It’s easy!

  • Log in to and you create your style profile.  (Use my referral link so I can show you more of my fixes!)
  • You pay a $20 styling fee (which goes toward your order), then the Stitch Fix stylists picks out  5 items for you to try on.
  • The box arrives at your doorstep.  You try them on and decide what to keep, then send back anything you don’t want.
  • Checkout online, giving feedback about what you did and didn’t like about your fix.
  • If you keep all 5 items, you receive 25% off your order.
  • You get to choose your price range, so your stylist has an idea of what you’re willing to spend.

I loved my first fix, but this one wasn’t quite as good.  I still really enjoy the service and everything is really great quality.  My stylist got my style just right!  I’m going to continue to ask for tops in the future, but I adjusted my profile some in hopes the fit is better next time!

Have you tried Stitch Fix?  Did you agree with what I kept?  


Thursday Thoughts

So, I had two different posts planned for today, but they both fell through.  Why?  Well, because of the US Postal Service.  1 – My Christmas in July gift from Courtney got lost somewhere in Roanoke (but you can see what I sent Sara and Kiernan here!).  2 – My Stitch Fix was supposed to arrive yesterday but is instead arriving today.  Seriously, USPS, get your stuff together.  On the plus side, that means I get to extend out the Christmas in July celebration until Courtney gets a chance to replace my box, and I get to show you my Stitch Fix box tomorrow for “Oh, Hey Friday.”  It is 5 things in the box, after all.

Anyway, here’s what’s on my mind today:

  •  I finally got to second place on my fitbit list (darn you Winter, I can NEVER beat you!), and one of the girls at work keeps beating me by just a little to edge me out.  Cue competition mode.
  • I don’t want to go to the gym on my lunch today because I forgot my Kindle… I hid it from Abbie this morning and forgot it on the way out.  #toddlermomproblems
  • I generally try to avoid processed lunches, but I love this Chicken Ranch Flatbread from Lean Cuisine I’m eating for lunch.  Delish and surprisingly filling.

Chicken Ranch Club Flatbread

  • We start looking at houses on Saturday.  #excited #nervous #dontwannapack #ihatemoving
  • I’ve now started following lots of home and DIY blogs.  I’m pretty excited to finally be able to decorate a home.
  • Also, I’m kind of obsessed with Brit & Co lately.  Such great articles, stuff, and ideas!
  • Have you seen Blake Lively’s new website?  Interested to see where it goes!
  • I bought new bras yesterday and my band size went down!  Unfortunately, my cup size went up. #wellendowedproblems
  • I am already counting down to fall.  Football season, sweaters, cooler weather… I’m ready for you. #bestseason
  • I’ve added way too many hashtags to this post.  Must be that kind of day.
  • These two make my heart happy.

Chris and Abbie

Happy Thursday everyone!

Thoughts for Thursday

Finish This {7.23.14}

I wanted to try something new today, so I thought I’d link up to the “Finish This” linkup with Lisa (Coastlined), Jen (The Arizona Russums), Becky (The Java Mama) and Nicole (Three 31).  The prompts are usually pretty interesting and offer some insight into people’s lives and personalities.  Here we go!

Abbie Jess Being Mrs. Beer

I add spice to my life by… trying new things.  Usually it’s new foods and ingredients – nothing too major.  I’m really a creature of habit and don’t really crave changing things up too often.  In fact, change usually makes me nervous and worry.  relaxing about change is something I’m constantly working on.

Bacon is… amazing.  I add it to so many things and buy it in bulk at Costco.  It’s perfect in salad, on sandwiches, in breakfast…so so many uses.  It’s a good think I don’t keep Kosher – I wouldn’t be able to!

The perfect meal… has bacon, avocado, and cheese.  I realize this could be a lot of things, but that’s kind of the point.  It would also include dessert…because why not?  Life is short and I want to eat sweets!  I love almost all kinds, except coconut.  I hate coconut.

Remember this sandwich?

Remember this sandwich?

My favorite food to grill is… Well, Chris does the actual grilling, but I love grilling simple things – marinated chicken, corn on the cob, cut up veggies, potatoes… it’s on my list to try grilling fruit, but we just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

I beat the heat by… Staying inside most of the time.  I’m a big fan of central air conditioning, and it baffles me that there are people who live without it!  The humidity in Virginia makes it always seem hotter than it is, and I like to be comfortable.  We also love the pool on a hot day, and I make sure to do any outdoor exercise in the evenings once things have cooled down.


Abbie: 18 & 19 Months

Well, it only took a year and a half, but I definitely fell behind on these updates.  For the record, I did take these pictures of Abbie at 18 months…and never posted them.  19 month pictures?  Yet to happen, so these are the 18 month ones!

Weight:  About 26 pounds.

Health:  Good, except for the eye stuff that keeps coming back.  At her 18 month appointment, we saw a different doctor who thought it was an infection.  She gave us a prescription (and let me tell you, getting eyedrops into a toddler’s eye is NO fun) and it got a little better, but still keeps coming back.  I think it’s time to find a specialist to look at her eye to see if her tear duct is still clogged and see what we can do about it.

Abbie 18 months

Sleep:  Abbie goes down for the night around 8 am and (usually) sleeps through the night.  She’s been whining a bit in her sleep lately, though.  I think she’s having a growth spurt or has some teeth coming in, since she usually gets cranky when those things happen.  She’s also been way more of a cuddler lately…and this mama is not complaining!

Social:  She loves everyone…but has her occasional shy moments.  She isn’t talking a ton but definitely understands us.  Sometimes she will repeat what we say, but when we ask her to say it again, she won’t.  She consistently says “buh-bye,” “mama,” “dada,” “da” (which means anything from dog to Doc McStuffins), and “shhh.”  I know there’s more in there and am ready for her to start letting it out!

Diet:  All solid food and TONS of water.  We went cold turkey on the bottles last month and she didn’t seem to miss them…except she won’t drink milk from a cup at all.  So, we supplement with cheese and yogurt and call it even.  I can’t make her drink it so I’ve stopped worrying about it.

Abbie 18 months

Clothes:  2T with a few 24 months thrown in.  She isn’t gaining weight very quickly (too busy running it off!), so I’m hoping these clothes will last a while.  On the other hand, it makes it difficult to judge the sizes she’ll be in come winter, and the fall consignment sales aren’t that far away!

Baby Gear/Toys:  She loves puzzles lately and can really understand how to do them.  She still loves blocks, books, her klip-klop horses, our phones…you know, basically anything and everything she can get her hands on.

Crying:  She’s been a bit cranky lately and crying for no reason, and needed so many more cuddles.  Like I said, growing or teeth.  Otherwise, she’s generally a happy little girl.

Abbie 18 months

Likes:  Being outside, the pool, daycare, yogurt, cheese, veggie straws, cuddles, reading the same books over and over again, playing on the big bed, helping with laundry, throwing away random trash she finds (seriously, stuff I don’t even see!), Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, dogs, the cats, bushing her teeth, playing with shoes.

Dislikes:  Things being taken away from her, milk in a cup, being strapped in, when playground time is over.

Milestones:  Only 5 months until you’re 2!

Abbie 18 months



We’ve been through some changes these last few months and there are even more to come.  I know you’ll continue to be my brave girl and handle it all, but I’ll be there if you need more of those extra cuddles.  It’s amazing to watch how smart you and help you figure out new things.  Your personality just continues to come out, and I can’t wait until you can talk to me more (although I may regret that statement later).  I love you so much little bug.





On House Hunting

So, it’s Monday.  It’s also the 21st of the month, which means Abbie is NINETEEN months old today.  I also realized I never posted her 18 month update, even though I took the pictures.  Oops.  I’m kind of glad I forgot until now about her 19 month pictures – She was in a pretty grumpy mood this morning (actually, we all were), so they wouldn’t have turned out too well…but then again, when can you catch a good photo of a toddler?  They just move too fast.

Chris and Abbie

Over the weekend we had our first meeting with our realtor.  We picked him on the recommendation of a friend, signed the paperwork for him to represent us, and officially have started the process.  Next step is talking to a mortgage lender and figuring all that out, and we’re hoping to start looking at houses this coming weekend.  It’s all happening really fast, and our realtor thinks we’ll be able to find a house pretty quickly – there were about 100 homes on the market in the search he ran for us that fit our criteria.

Honestly?  I’m nervous about the whole thing.  I’m such a worrywart in general, and this is a huge decision.  There’s so many factors to consider, and I am just hoping we find the right place and everything works out.  You know when it seems like things are too easy?  I feel a little bit like that right now, just waiting for the other shoe to drop.  On the other hand, things have been a bit tight for us for a while, so I’m relieved we’re finally able to do this.  And now I’m rambling.  Anyway, I’m just nervous about the whole thing and praying we find the right house for us.

Then of course, there’s all these people expressing doubt about where we’ve chosen to look (for any of you familiar with northern Virginia, it’s the Manassas area).  It’s frustrating because they just assume we haven’t looked at all aspects of the area.  EVERY area has good and bad parts.  Every area has ups and downs.  I know on one hand they’re trying to help, but on the other, I just want them to butt out.  Chris and I are adults and know how to make decisions for our family, and we’re not dumb.  Obviously we’re going to look at things like schools, the neighborhood, etc.  It’s almost like a few people (most of whom I haven’t’ talked to in years) are looking down on us for it.  Well, unless you want to give us money to live where YOU think is the best place to live, BUTT OUT.  Fairfax county isn’t the only place to live in northern Virginia, and we have budget constraints you know nothing about.  Ugh.  Ok, clearly I’m in a ranting mood this morning.

Long story short, this morning I’m nervous.  And frustrated.  And excited.  And honestly ready to see where the next few months will take us.  And thinking I should maybe de-friend (or is it unfriend?) some people on Facebook.  I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.

Did you experience any doubt from friends and acquaintances while house hunting?  Any tips for us?