Here we go again!

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I think {most of} my followers here are also my friends in real life and by now know the news! But for those who don’t, we’re having another baby!! So excited to finally let the cat out of the bag, though this time around it was a lot harder to keep my mouth shut. I felt like I was blurting it out all over the place. SO much different than the first time. I think I just didn’t have as much of the anxiety as I did during my 1st trimester with Claire. Also, I started looking pregnant WAY sooner, so maybe I just wanted people to know it wasn’t just extra chub I was packing on.

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Claire Update {2.5 Yrs)

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I can’t believe Claire is already 2.5, actually 2 and 8 months…ahhh! I practically have a 3 year old! Anyway, she is such a smart little thing. The other day we were out taking a walk and we came across a small dog, Claire looked up at me with her all-knowing big blue eyes and said “That dog doesn’t have feet” to which I replied, “Yes, he does sweetie” and she said “no he doesn’t, dogs have paws.” It was so funny. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud and give her a big kiss. She surprises me with things like this all the time.

She’s also very funny, she will do anything to get a laugh out of people. Her favorite right now is to make up words, like when we sing “Old McDonald” instead of pigs and horses on the farm she’ll make us say something like “Old McDonald had an obi didi doo doo.” Then she’ll laugh forever. She must get this silliness from her dad :)

She loves to be in the action. We went to a family wedding and Claire spent the entire reception dancing away {well, really she was running around and jumping}, but that’s where all the kids were, so she had to be there too.

For Memorial Day weekend we went to Washington Family Ranch for family camp. Claire had a blast, she got to go swimming, ride a horse, play games and meet some other little friends. Throughout the weekend they had a Lego Movie theme. I have never seen Claire so scared of anything in her life. Everytime they would come out on stage she would quickly jump up into my lap and say she wanted to go home. She started to warm up a bit by the end of the weekend, she even gave them a couple high fives and posed for a picture. It’s funny to see the phases the little ones go through, all part of growing up!

Claire started pre-school last week! She had a really great first week.  When we went to visit the school a couple months ago she immediately ran over and started playing with the other kids on their outdoor play structure. She turned around and said “Go Mom” with a little wave of the hand. I just about died!! She’s only 2.5 for goodness sake’s. No longer my little baby. Though just last night when she was going to bed she told me she didn’t want to go to school and started crying. She worked herself up so much that I decided to just keep her home today {plus I’m home sick myself}. We stopped by the school to pay for the month and I think Claire was a little disappointed that she wasn’t in the action playing Play-Doh with all the other kids. She said she would go tomorrow. I’m doing my best to make this the most boring day possible :)

Potty training is in full force. She’s pretty much got it down, she does have an occasional accident when she’s really into playing and forgets to go {and we forget to remind her}, but I’m not trying to push it much. A few months ago I decided it was probably time to potty train and I had heard about the 3 day potty training. So we gave it a try and It just didn’t work. She wasn’t really ready. She would sit on the potty when I told her to, but she wouldn’t go. In fact, she saved it all up until nap-time when I put a diaper on her. So after day one I threw in the towel and decided we would try again later. I should have just taken my mom’s advise from the start 😉

Well that’s about all for now :)

Have you tried Stitch Fix?

I finally decided to give Stitch Fix a try. I’ve seen ads for it, read some blog reviews on it and had a few friends try it. And heard mostly good things. So I decided I would give it a shot. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s basically a clothing subscription with your own “personal stylist.” You create a style profile with your price range, your size, colors you like/dislike, etc. You can even link up your Pinterest so your stylist can get a better idea of what you like! Then you schedule your “fix.” You can schedule a one-time fix, or monthly or weekly…whatever you want! You pay a styling fee of $20 once your box is shipped and then that goes towards the purchase of any of the clothing pieces in your box {if you don’t buy anything you lose that $20}. 5 items are sent in the box along with styling cards to show you how to wear the items. If you keep all 5 items you get a 25% discount!

I scheduled my fix and was a little disappointed that it was going to take like 3 weeks to get my first one!! Boo for waiting!! When my box finally arrived it was like Christmas!! The anticipation to see what was in the box was too much! You just don’t know what you are going to get. At first glance I LOVED EVERYTHING! My first thought was #nailedit! Trying them on and seeing the prices though changed my mind on a few of the items.

What I got:

Romolo Hanna Metal Fan Bib Necklace $34. Didn’t love it. I’m more of $10 necklace person….so yeah.

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Kut from the Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean $78. I really liked the look of these but they were too big. And this point I didn’t realize you could easily exchange for a different size. I wasn’t totally sold on the cut either.

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THML Kahlo Knit Top $48. Loved the feel of the material on this top, loved the colors. But the cut was weird. The top fit tightly but the bottom flared out a little too much, it just wasn’t flattering.

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Pixly Lyra Printed Dress. I loved the color and the pattern on this dress, but the cut just wasn’t right. It fit a little too snugly and showcased every single roll.. no thanks! Thinking about it more, this dress would have been really cute with a jean jacket {which would have hid most of the rolls ;)} But I sent it back. Oh well.

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Market & Spruce Cargo vest. $68. I LOVED this vest. In fact the day before I got my box, I was hoping for something like this. It felt a little spendy, but I wanted to buy something because otherwise my $20 would have just been spent on a couple styling cards {that’s where they get you!}. So I bought it. Don’t mind the horrible pic below… I’m not good at selfies….

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If I had bought everything it would have costed $199 in total with the 25% discount. Actually not too bad for some quality clothing items.

PROS:

– Easy! Sending stuff back was as simple as throwing everything into a prepaid bag and dropping into a mailbox

– They nailed my style. I loved the style and look of everything in my box

– The concept is fun. It’s fun not knowing what’s going to show up at your door

– Gets you to try some clothing items you may not have otherwise

– Liked the styling cards. I’m not the best a putting together outfits

– Totally convenient if you don’t have a lot of time to get out and shop

CONS:

– Took a while to get my first shipment

– Because you spend the $20 styling fee you feel like you have to buy at least one of the items

– Most of the clothes were more than I would normally spend on single items of clothing

– Only give you 3 days to decide and send back what you don’t want

Overall I had fun with it. Will I try it again? I think I will! :) Next time I’ll try to get some better “on body” photos. If you want to give it a try click this link {and I get credit too ;)}

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