Saturday, August 31, 2013

Stitch Fix Review: I May Never Go Shopping Again!


1. Tara Striped Jersey Tank by Red Haute

2. Starfish and Stone Drop Necklace 

Does Stitch Fix get better with time? It has for me. Just look at the photos.

When you schedule a Fix, you get to write a little note to your stylist. Here's what I wrote to Margaret when I requested Stitch Fix #5:
"For this Fix, I'd like to add some pattern and texture to my wardrobe. I need clothes that can transition to Fall, remembering that I live in a very hot climate. I'd also love a super-long necklace."
Looking in my closet, I was seeing a sea of solids! For this Fix, I wanted Stitch Fix to shake it up a little -- sending clothes with texture and pattern that wouldn't look silly on 51-year-old me.

By this point, Stitch Fix has a lot of info about me. First, there's my style profile. Then, there are my previous four Fixes. Stitch Fix knows what I bought and what I sent back. Each time I checked out online, I left very specific feedback. Stitch Fix knows what fit and what didn't, what I loved and what I hated. By now, styling me should be getting a whole lot easier.

3. Ansel Crochet Front Bead Detail Top by Hazel

4. Robinson Maxi Skirt by Renee C.

5. Hendrick Colorful Loose Knit Tank by Kensie
I've continued to update my style profile after each Fix as well. Back in the beginning, when I wrote to Stitch Fix about myself on my profile, I went on and on about being 51 and a blogger and a stay-at-home mom and a homeschooler. Like my stylist (who's probably in her 20's) was supposed to take a stab at what kind of style would work for a 51-year-old, homeschooling blogger. As a result, my first two fixes were kind of blah. Out of the first 10 items they sent, I only bought one.

Now, my profile is brutally honest and very specific. Here's exactly what it says.

*Apple shaped, mommy middle. No clingy fabric at waist.
*Long waisted
*Only long/maxi dresses. 
*No critter or novelty prints. 
*No Dry Clean Only, except jackets. 
*See my Pinterest 
Color Loves: Black/white/gray, cream/chocolate, pink/coral/red, chartreuse, pale yellow.
Trends I like: High-Low tops, maxis, polka dots, chambray, crochet, cardigans

As you may have already guessed, this was the Fix where I purchased all 5 items. As promised, Stitch Fix took 25% off my total for buying the whole box. When I combined this discount with the referral credit I'd earned, this was a very affordable way to add 5 unique pieces to my wardrobe for Fall.

Stitch Fix is working for me. I may never go shopping again!

So what do you think? What's your favorite item from this Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix styles ladies sizes 0-14. If you'd like to check out Stitch Fix yourself, just click here to fill out your style profile and get on the waiting list. One of my favorite things about Stitch Fix is that you aren't required to have a monthly subscription. Schedule a Fix as often or as rarely as you like. You can even try it just once as a special treat! If you have a question about Stitch Fix, leave a comment and ask away. 

*Stitch Fix links in this blog post are referral links. If you sign up for Stitch Fix through a link in this post, Stitch Fix will give me $25 in referral credit when you get your first Fix. Thank you!

Take a look at Fixes 1-4:

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The First Day of Easing Back into School

What does back to school look like for a homeschooler? When your take away the new clothes and back packs and bus stops and tardy bells. . . what do you have left?

Yesterday, we began to ease back into a more intentional, slightly more formal routine of learning at our house. To put it in layman's terms, we went back to school.

While I love homeschooling, preparing to school four kids at four different levels can overwhelm me. I'm a planner, but it seems no matter how much I plan, I always need just a little more time. Some pieces of our homeschool this year are all mapped out and ready to go. Others are a work in progress.

For me, the key is to pick a day, and ready or not, just get started. Easing back into school works for us.

So early yesterday morning, I baked muffins for breakfast, and Mike brought me roses for our special day. I got each child started on Bible and Math. Together, we began setting up their organizational notebooks. I started a new read-aloud book with them, and they started new books on their own. Wenxin practiced cursive and phonics. The girls worked on spelling. Nathan did a little science. We quit by lunch.

New Latin books arrive sometime today. Grammar books are en route as well. I still haven't ordered the math practice sheets we use or an MLA handbook to get Nathan's papers ship-shape in preparation for high school. 

But the key thing here -- the very important part of this story -- is that we've started. We're back to school.

Shared at WFMW and Sunday Snapshot.

Here's our first day back to school photo -- in true 
homeschool style, complete with bedhead and one kid still in pajamas.





Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Why I'm Happy My Girls Play Sports

My sweet nine-year-old, you are an athlete.

God made you beautiful.

God made you fast.

He made you strong.

Recently, Mike and I were having dinner with another Christian family, and the husband remarked that he had mixed feelings about girls playing competitive sports. He felt that maybe the aggression needed to excel at competitive sports was at odds with developing femininity in young girls.

I've thought about it long and hard, and I don't really see a conflict here.

I'm happy my girls play sports.

Each possesses a true and unique beauty all her own, and I often remind them of how beautiful they are.

But because they play sports, it's easy to remind them of other truths as well. I remind them that God has given them amazing bodies. Their bodies are healthy. . . and strong. . . and fast.

What a gift!

Who says feminine can't be healthy and strong and fast?

Katherine's Team Placed Second at 3v3 Nationals at Disney This Month






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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday




Love Julia's simple, classic, no-fuss beauty. Hope she always embraces how God made her and always knows that she doesn't have to try too hard.

Late last night, I put in what I thought was my last order of homeschool materials for the upcoming school year. Of course, I forgot the math tests and practice sheets we use, so I guess I'll have to place another order today.

I love homeschooling, but don't let anyone kid you. Homeschooling is a lot of work. Yes, it's a lifestyle of learning, and yes, you don't have to structure your days like a 5 day/week school, but there's no getting around the fact that it's still hard work.

I just read How Hiring Help Transformed our Homeschool, and I'm finding myself wondering, "What would it be like to have a homeschool helper a couple of days a week?"

Something to think about and pray about on this Sunday morning.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid


Oversized thirteen-year-old boy. Still loves to design elaborate sandcastles at the beach. Complete with a miniature lifeguard stand.

I love this beach shot that makes Nathan look like a giant. I love the colors and the fact that the optical illusion makes me do a double take every time.

It's going to continue to be a little quiet on this blog for the rest of the month. Our summer was packed with wonderful experiences, and as our homeschool starts up again, I'm finding myself quite unprepared. And then this week, the international ministry that Mike and I are a part of dropped an amazing opportunity in my lap and in response, I'm putting in as many hours as I can, working arm in arm with Mike this month. If you know me in person, just ask and I'd love to give you more details.

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