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momcoloredglasses.com http://momcoloredglasses.com Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:26:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.8 What are your #ShareAwesome moments? {ShareAwesomeNow.org} http://momcoloredglasses.com/mom-info/perspectives-moms/shareawesomenow-org/ http://momcoloredglasses.com/mom-info/perspectives-moms/shareawesomenow-org/#respond Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:26:12 +0000 http://momcoloredglasses.com/?p=24588 momcoloredglasses.com

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We took our three kids to Walt Disney World for the very first time this week, and minus a few meltdown moments (including a freak-out in the middle of our princess lunch and a regurgitation of a lunch all over the sidewalk in Tomorrowland), it has been a totally AWESOME week. And of course, we spent a lot of time snapping, filtering, and sharing pictures on Facebook and Instagram, starting with our 4 a.m. wake-up call for the plane ride to my daughters posing with Mulan, the warrior princess…and everything in-between.

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I love sharing our awesome adventures with friends and family, and my kids do too. I do recognize though, as they get older, that we need to have an ongoing conversation about what it looks like to make positive, safe decisions in our digital world. And that’s why National PTA has partnered with LifeLock to #ShareAwesome…and celebrate students and families who use digital media and tools for good.

I think this is brilliant, because shouldn’t we find time to celebrate the positive side of social media? And shouldn’t we make sure our kids understand that the decisions that they make to be safe and positive face-to-face are the same online? Absolutely!

The #ShareAwesome team has an online space to provide positive social citizenship tips for home and school, and a #ShareAwesome hashtag for families to share an awesome moment in your day (We have had more than a few this week). Double bonus…Students who enter a photo with the #ShareAwesome hashtag between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will be eligible to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship! Visit ShareAwesomeNow.org to learn more.

We head home tomorrow…back to 40 degree weather and a pile of unanswered e-mails….but I’m sure we will still drum up more than a few awesome moments…I’ll just have to snuggle up in my down coat.

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Zoomer Dino: My kids finally get a chomping, roaring #ZoomerDino pet. http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/zoomer-dino-kids-finally-get-pet/ http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/zoomer-dino-kids-finally-get-pet/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:16:16 +0000 http://momcoloredglasses.com/?p=24581 momcoloredglasses.com

I was upstairs getting ready for the day when I heard happy squeals and dinosaur roars coming from the kitchen. “Mom! Mom! Come down here!”, Madi yelled, “We have a new pet! We want to call him Chompers!” “They found him”, I thought, and headed Read the Rest...

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I was upstairs getting ready for the day when I heard happy squeals and dinosaur roars coming from the kitchen. “Mom! Mom! Come down here!”, Madi yelled, “We have a new pet! We want to call him Chompers!”

“They found him”, I thought, and headed downstairs to see what they thought about their new toy…I mean…their new pet…I mean…their new robot.

Boomer, or “Chompers” according to my kids, is the coolest dino around. Balancing up on two wheels (thanks True Balance Technology), he can be tamed either with the included controller or with your hand movements in front of his nose. And I am serious when I say “tamed”, because Boomer has a mind of his own. He spins, sniffs, investigates, and even gets angry if you pull his tail.

My kids love that Zoomer is as adventurous as they are, sneaking into dark corners and zooming across the floor. I love watching them figure out what to do to make him happy, how to avoid making him mad, and even how to get him to burp! There is a lot to discover, and Madi made a little video to share her best tips…

To learn more about Zoomer Dino, check out his very own website or Facebook page….and start exploring with Zoomer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Zoomer. The opinions and text are all mine.

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All That Glitters is Gold {And your house needs it.} http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/glitters-gold-house-needs/ http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/glitters-gold-house-needs/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:33:16 +0000 http://momcoloredglasses.com/?p=24575 momcoloredglasses.com

Gold Wire Table…love the wooden top on this little side table!  Use as bedside table, an accent piece next to an armchair, or even a plant stand. This Gold Faceted Vase adds a little panache to a table, windowsill, or dresser.  I can’t believe I just Read the Rest...

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Gold Wire Table…love the wooden top on this little side table!  Use as bedside table, an accent piece next to an armchair, or even a plant stand.

This Gold Faceted Vase adds a little panache to a table, windowsill, or dresser.  I can’t believe I just used the word panache.

This golden nugget paperweight would be perfect on a coffee table anchoring down a stack of pretty books.

This little fox would look cute holding paper clips on just about anyone’s desk!

For $45 this gold deer head is right on trend and could serve as an anchor piece to a pretty cool wall collage.

I’ve been drooling over this fish planter for months now…..imagine it with a little succulent or poinsettia.

These geometric bottle stoppers would be a perfect hostess gift or just….a ‘you’ gift.

I have one of these gold start burst wall sculptures and it adds a lot of texture and interest to a collection of prints.  This one from Z.Gallerie is a great tone and size!

An instant update to a kitchen counter with these cannisters!

Cozy days curled up on the couch get a little more glamourous with this gold throw.

Gold Dipped Legs Side Table I don’t think Nate Berkus for Target can do anything wrong when it comes to his home decor.  Just give me one of each.

Gold Leaf Prints like this are everywhere and come in so many delightful sayings…..they just add…..a little something to your space.

Triangles and gold–you can’t go wrong with this throw pillow on your couch or bed.

If you’re looking to update the look of a small space or a bedroom wall these little gold circle decals are easy, removable, and definitely make a statement  Space them far apart or close together!

A gold pouf.  Drop it anywhere in your living room and you’re good.

These perfect glasses will look sophisticated and laid back all at the same time!

Sometimes kids stores have the best accessories to brighten up your very grown up living room.

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Seahorse. My picture sharing app dream…turned into reality!! http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/seahorse/ http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/seahorse/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:02 +0000 http://momcoloredglasses.com/?p=24557 momcoloredglasses.com

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My Mom has to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota on a pretty regular basis for doctor appointments and treatments, so it was inevitable that one of those visits would fall on a major holiday at some point. Last year, it was over Christmas, so my sisters and our families travelled out to spend the holiday with my parents in a hotel. It was definitely an unique experience, kids running between the Presidential suite and the Concierge-level food supply, a surprise visit from “Santa” (aka – my husband), Christmas caroling to the twangs of my brother-in-law’s ukelele, lots of Carcassonne playing, and way too many Christmas cookies.

It was a Christmas to remember, and at the end of our visit, my sisters and I huddled up to figure out the age-old question…

“How do we share our pictures?”

All three of us had been snapping pictures throughout the week, but being able to share them…easily? That’s a problem. We came up with a solution, but not the best solution. I wanted something simple that would let me pull pictures from vacations, events and celebrations AND allow other people to easily contribute pictures and videos no matter where they are accessing it.

Enter Seahorse. It’s my wish turned into reality…seriously.

I’m envisioning field trips where all the parents chip in a few pictures from the day. I’m picturing a girl’s night out where everyone shares their pictures and you might even get a picture of yourself in there. I’m dreaming of holidays where I don’t have to send 10 emails to share my pictures, just upload them to a Scene.

I’m getting ahead of myself.

First, I had to sync my pictures. This pulled in everything from all my devices, but you can also import pictures from other sources, such as Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, and Google/Picasa.

Then, I was ready to create a “Scene”, which is what Seahorse calls an event, celebration or any special day where you want to share pictures. I decided to make a Scene about our trip to Chicago this summer to visit my sister. I knew my other sister had visited as well, so I added both of them to the Scene.

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I tapped Timeline, which showed me all my pictures, and then I selected the little check-inside-a-circle at the top of the screen, which allowed me to pick as many pictures as I wanted.

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I added them to my Chicago Scene, and POP – they were there – along with some pictures my sister had already added. Once you are in a scene, you can do several different things. You can add friends, upload more pictures with the camera icon, select pictures to move to another scene, or sort by date/friend.

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What’s great about it is that shared pictures are all private, co-owned, and saved in the original resolution. No more screen shots of Instagram pictures…no more multiple e-mails to send pictures…and you can start to build a library that is easily sorted and organized, which in my world is HUGE! Plus, they have some fun features like Map showing where your pictures were taken, Flashback to jump back in time, and even a little phone shake to give you a Magic memory from the past.

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Want to check it out? For iPhone, download here and for Android, download here. It’s free, with options to buy an annual premium subscription or additional storage space. However, through October 31, 2014, you can snag an extra FREE 5 GB of space.

It’s a no-brainer, right? Here’s how to redeem the extra space:

  • Tap the icon on the top left corner to access your account settings
  • Tap “Redeem”
  • Tap “Write code” and enter CLEVERHORSE
  • Tap “Go” on your keyboard

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Next month, we are hitting up Disney World with my parents, and I am so excited to try this out on the fly. Definitely check it out….it’s worth giving it a try!

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They Want Answers. http://momcoloredglasses.com/mom-info/adoption-resources/want-answers/ http://momcoloredglasses.com/mom-info/adoption-resources/want-answers/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:12:28 +0000 http://momcoloredglasses.com/?p=24549 momcoloredglasses.com

We’ve got a great guest post today from Susan Tebos…author and adoptive mom who has a heart for adoption and doing it the right way.  Today she shares with us one of the most important conversations you can have with your adopted kiddos….or more like a series Read the Rest...

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We’ve got a great guest post today from Susan Tebos…author and adoptive mom who has a heart for adoption and doing it the right way.  Today she shares with us one of the most important conversations you can have with your adopted kiddos….or more like a series of conversations. 

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I’ve got a gut feeling that I need to share with you. It’s a feeling that winds me up like a top and makes me spin like a crazy woman. I get this feeling that adoptive parents aren’t absorbing the truth of how important it is to tell their adoptive child their story. Sure, many tell their child that he or she is adopted and loved, and now in his or her forever family… that “God wants you right where you are”. I hear this a lot from well meaning parents as I travel around and love this approach especially for little kids. It soothes our hearts and theirs. But what if this approach is not enough to help our kids heal?

The reality is our kids age into wanting more. They want answers that we’re not giving!

What if your child needs more information so he doesn’t point a finger at God and blame him for separating him from his first love?

And with lack of information…

what if your child silently wonders if he is good enough because his first love let him go and he doesn’t know why?

And once the wondering starts…

what if your child wonders if anyone cares about how he feels about being relinquished or that he thinks ill of himself for reasons he can’t articulate?

Feelings are tricky. They can stir up all sorts of commotion, lies that kids will believe. If we don’t help our kids sort out their feelings the lies will win.

I know. My three kids think and wonder and have trouble managing the lies that seep into their vulnerable hearts. All kids do to some degree. Adoptive kids even more.

What if God is counting on us to help our kids heal? What if He’s counting on us to be truthful and authentic and compassionate truth tellers? What if he is asking us to enter into the painful places of our child’s heart to encourage understanding, acceptance and forgiveness? What if we are missing the very thing we are supposed to be doing for our kids, being agents of hope and truth and healing and teaching them what forgiveness means and how to forgive?

All adopted kids need to know the truth. They need time, sometimes years, to wrap their heads around what happened and decide what they are going to do about it. If left alone…

they may let lies fester and mess with who they are.

they may fight, suppress, and ache inside not knowing why.

But with help…

they may one day accept the truth and ultimately forgive?

Kids can’t navigate this stuff on their own. Their thinking skills are not sophisticated enough, yet. That’s why I am standing on my soap box trying get your attention.

Our kids can’t put it together in a healthy way. It’s our job to put it together for them.

Will you join me today…whether your child is eight or eighteen and gently invest in his heart? Choose a time when he’s approachable and not stressing over homework or tired, for example. (Cookies help) Casually invite him to talk about first mom…then offer him something new he needs to know like that she loved but was young or that she feared, or that she was unable. Help him see first mom was fallible like you and me are fallible. Ask him what he wants to know about her, what he misses. Keep it casual. Sometimes just quietly sitting with a child can be enough to say, “I know and I care”.

Let me know how it goes.

From one adoptive parent to another…Do this, okay?

Warm hugs,

Susan

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Books for {Friend-Making} Kids: Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/books-friend-making-kids-peanut-butter-cupcake-terry-border/ http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/books-friend-making-kids-peanut-butter-cupcake-terry-border/#respond Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:22:59 +0000 http://momcoloredglasses.com/?p=24539 momcoloredglasses.com

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I remember as a kid that one of the most intimidating part of the school day was…recess. Unstructured time where you had to make your own way on the playground and find a friend. It was kind of tough for my introverted tendencies, particularly in elementary school, which has made me extra sensitive about it now with my own kids.

So I always like when I come across great books that address the topic of making friends in an memorable way. Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border is one of those books.

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Peanut Butter has just moved to town, and is looking for someone to play with his new ball. He searches high and low for the perfect friend, but Cupcake is too busy making sprinkle castles, Hamburger is walking “the dogs” (hot dogs, that is) and French Fries is trying to “catch up” to Hamburger. He almost gives up, but the perfect friend finally comes along. They start to laugh and play, which attracts the rest of the gang, and they realize that they ALL go together like Peanut Butter and…well, you can fill in the blank.

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The pictures are hilarious, the puns are groan-worthy, and the message is solid. Sometimes it takes a while to find that special “Peanut Butter and Jelly” friend, and that’s okay. But it’s also important to realize that everyone can have fun and “chuckle deep down in their bellies” together.

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The Second Day… http://momcoloredglasses.com/mom-guest-writers/mom-perspectives/5-6-2/second-day/ http://momcoloredglasses.com/mom-guest-writers/mom-perspectives/5-6-2/second-day/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 01:58:03 +0000 http://momcoloredglasses.com/?p=24535 momcoloredglasses.com

Over the last couple of days, my Facebook and Instagram feeds have been jammed with pictures of kids with their “First Day of School” smiles. I love it, seeing their excitement for a new year, new teachers, new experiences, and of course, new lunch boxes. Read the Rest...

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Over the last couple of days, my Facebook and Instagram feeds have been jammed with pictures of kids with their “First Day of School” smiles. I love it, seeing their excitement for a new year, new teachers, new experiences, and of course, new lunch boxes. My kids caught the fever too, hopping out of bed even before their alarm clocks went off, jumping into their favorite outfits, and humoring me with their very own first day of school picture on the front porch.

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First days are extraordinary days.

But so quickly, the first day is over, and we are onto the second day.

Second days are not always so extraordinary, at least at my house. The snooze button gets hit a few extra times, everyone’s eyes are little sleepy, and leaving the house feels more like a fire drill than a casual trip to school. Reality starts to set in, as we look ahead to day after day of…normal.

We like to celebrate those special days; we seek them out, over-document them, and lament them when they are gone. Sometimes I think I build up the extraordinary while looking down on the ordinary. But I have been trying to work through the truth that we are not always called to be extraordinary, but to be simply faithful. In our work, in our marriages, in our friendships…we just need to show up and do the work…on the second day…and the third…and the twenty-third…and eight hundredth…

It is something I need to teach my kids. It is something I need to learn for myself. To be faithful…to be consistent…to live for the second day.

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Things We are Loving Right Now… http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/things-loving-right-now-5/ http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/things-loving-right-now-5/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:12:19 +0000 http://momcoloredglasses.com/?p=24496 momcoloredglasses.com

Since this week has been a rude wake-up call with the beginnings of the fall schedule, I thought I would let my kids take over “Things We are Loving Right Now…” the five-year-old… Over the summer, my five-year-old discovered Big Block Sing Song, which has become her absolute Read the Rest...

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Since this week has been a rude wake-up call with the beginnings of the fall schedule, I thought I would let my kids take over “Things We are Loving Right Now…”

the five-year-old…

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Over the summer, my five-year-old discovered Big Block Sing Song, which has become her absolute favorite thing to sit around watching on the Disney Junior app. And I’ll tell you a secret….I love it too. The songs are ridiculous, but catchy…the animation is simple, but cheery…and a few of the songs even have a message or two. Okay, maybe not the one about how awesome noses are, but the one below called “Brave”? It talks about being brave enough to eat a bite of salad…and my kids need that motivation. Maybe yours do too…

the 7-year-old…

With my older daughter, I never had to convince her to want to read. She just did it…all the time. But it takes a little bit more work to find a book or series to engage my less-than-enthusiastic almost 2nd grader. Enter the world of Ricky Ricotta.

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He reluctantly picked it out it as his prize for completing his Barnes & Noble summer reading program, because he wasn’t sure if he could read it. Once we jumped in the car, he started reading it, and didn’t stop until he was done! The book was a fun combination of text, cartoons, and brightly-colored pictures, and it was just the right length and difficulty for my summer reader. It inspired him to pick up two additional Ricky books at the library last week, and that? That is happy news to this mom’s ears.

the nine-year-old…

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When I asked Madi what she was loving right now, all I could get out of her was “reading”. It’s true…she spent a large portion of her summer with her nose in a book. But she also is in love with the app, DIY. It’s an app for kids where they can be inspired to learn new things, post pictures or videos of what they created, and earn badges for completing tasks. For example, she earned the photographer badge for shooting a portrait, making trick photography, and photographing a landscape.

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Her “trick photography” picture earned her 97 likes and 8 comments, which leads me to a note of caution. Kids have to sign up with a parent and they have disguised identities, but they can chat with other users inside the app. We had to have a serious conversation about what she was allowed to do in that context, which was probably a good thing. It’s a great app, but it needs a certain level of maturity!

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Farmers Market Dish Towel DIY http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/crafts-diy/farmers-market-dish-towel-diy/ http://momcoloredglasses.com/crafts-reviews-recipes/crafts-diy/farmers-market-dish-towel-diy/#respond Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:12:09 +0000 http://momcoloredglasses.com/?p=24521 momcoloredglasses.com

Summer fruit is at its best right now at most farmers markets around the country.  I found some little dishtowels online a few weeks ago that are truly adorable and celebrate summer at the market, but a little more than I wanted to spend at Read the Rest...

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Summer fruit is at its best right now at most farmers markets around the country.  I found some little dishtowels online a few weeks ago that are truly adorable and celebrate summer at the market, but a little more than I wanted to spend at the time. But, you can make these cute little dishtowels that are inspired by the on-line version to help someone remember the tasty crops of summer all year long!

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Grab your supplies!  And if you’re headed to the market this morning make sure to purchase a few fruits that come in their own little baskets!  Those are a must have for this project.  They make it!

I use those very cheap flour sack dishtowels that you can buy in packs of three or four from Target for this.  Spread them out on a flat surface–make sure you put newspaper or cardboard underneath them as they are thin and the paint will soak through.  My peach/raspberry/orange/blueberry covered driveway can attest to that–as can my husband.  Good times.

First, decide on which fruit you’d like to make.  I really wanted to make peaches so I bent a toilet paper tube into the rough shape of a peach, dipped the end in peach fabric paint, and got started.

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I added some random little leaves to my peaches.  Rustic is best here.  You’ll never get them perfect so don’t even try.

This is a great craft for kids to involved in too.  They can make these for teachers, grand-parents, a special babysitter, or you!

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Let kids add any embellishments they might want to at the end and let the towels dry overnight.  You could also wash them before gifting them so they’re softer.

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And then package them in your old fruit baskets.

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That’s it!  A fun DIY to remember the best days of summer when it’s snowing in May.  Oh wait–is that only in Michigan.

Signature Maggie

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Stitch Fix. Maggie & Rachel review their boxes! http://momcoloredglasses.com/featured-posts/stitch-fix-maggie-rachel-review-boxes/ http://momcoloredglasses.com/featured-posts/stitch-fix-maggie-rachel-review-boxes/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:35:35 +0000 http://momcoloredglasses.com/?p=24504 momcoloredglasses.com

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Have you heard of Stitch Fix?  Have you tried it?  The idea of a box of clothing surprises showing up on my door step was something I couldn’t pass up.  I received my first fix back in June and was not that excited about my pieces.  However, I’ve read enough reviews from other shoppers to know that a bad first box is not that uncommon so I soldiered on.  While I was waiting for my second box to come Rachel decided she’d sign up too.  We both received our boxes last week and are here to share the results with you!

But quick–if you’re not familiar with Stitch Fix…a little background.  Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that assigns you to a personal shopper.  You fill out an extremely detailed fashion profile (including a price range scale for what you’d like to spend on various pieces) on their website, select your first delivery date and pay a $20 styling fee.  If you decide to keep any of the items sent to you, that $20 fee gets applied to your purchases.  If you send everything back (which you have three days to do in a pre-paid mailer that they provide for you) you lose that $20 fee.  You can leave detailed notes and feedback for your stylist, make requests, and be brutally honest about what you’re looking for….and what you’re not.

So here we go…..

Rachel’s box:

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I don’t really consider myself to be very “fashion forward”, which is why I waited so long to try out Stitch Fix. I figured that since I didn’t really know what my “style” was, I wasn’t going to be able to tell someone that I don’t even know what kind of clothes to send me. But after I completed my Stitch Fix profile, where I had to select outfits, colors, and styles that I liked, I started to get excited about my box to arrive. What in the world would they send me?

When I finally received my box, I was pleasantly surprised. They did pretty well picking out things that I would like, which they selected not only based on my profile answers, but my Pinterest fashion page as well. However, where they did not do so well was with the fit of the clothes. They matched up sizes perfectly, but not knowing my body type threw everything off, I think.

Here’s the rundown…

1. Silver hoop earrings: They were earrings that I would definitely wear; I am a hoops kind of girl hands down. They even had some fun detail on them. However, I decided to not keep them, because they were very similar to a pair I own already. Selection was good, but almost too good.

2. Bright pink jeans: I actually thought the jeans were really cute, but I literally couldn’t get them on past my knees. I do not have the twiggy legs that slide effortlessly into skinny jeans, and this pair just wasn’t going to make it. It was too bad, because I liked them a lot, but the fit was not that great.

3. Striped black and white shirt: I liked this shirt as well, and I almost kept it. That is, until I remembered the number of striped shirts I have in my closet, including one I just bought last week. I didn’t keep it…and I might end up regretting it, because it could have been dressed up for work or dressed down with jeans. I think that might be an issue for me…sending things back that would really be good pieces!

4. Patterned brown sleeveless shirt: This shirt was okay, but not stellar. It was also really short, which made it feel and look like it was about two sizes too small. Not a winner…back it goes.

5. Gray cardigan: I decided to keep this sweater. I loved the color, the fit, and the weight. It was pretty light, making it a great fall sweater, and it will go with everything. I can’t wait to pop it on!

So, at the end of it all, I decided to keep…one sweater. This might sound weird, but I call that a success! I didn’t have to physically go out shopping, someone else found what I should try on, and everything was generally in my style arena. Plus, I never actually anticipated buying the entire box, so getting one good piece that I will wear consistently, was perfect in my book. I would have maybe liked it if I could have been able to request the jeans in a larger size, but I’m just happy to think about my next Stitch Fix…scheduled for early October!

Maggie’s Box:

I’d give this box a B- compared to my first box which was a D (however, there’s a dress I didn’t end up keeping from my first box that I regret). The one thing I’ll say that is a different experience than Rachel’s is that I’m shocked at how perfect the fit always is.  It’s almost a little spooky.

1. First up was this navy, pink, and white sweater.  Going back.  Just not my style at all.

2. Next was a red, white, and black tank.  I’m keeping it.  It’s a pretty basic shirt that I liked with my most favorite black belt ever, a black skirt, pants, jeans, whatever and a sweater.  I think I’ll get a lot of use from this tank.  I was excited to like something!

3. Third was a baby blue and gray shapeless shirt that I didn’t even try on I loathed it that much.  It made me sleepy just looking at it.

4. The final thing pictured below was a peach and “peacher” drawstring dress.  It’s not horrible–just not me.  It’s going back too.

5. My fifth item was a pair of black leggings.  I was honestly kind of irritated that I received them–it felt like getting a white t-shirt.  However, I’ll say this–they are crazy thick, warm, and full length making them great for a Michigan winter where I wear black leggings almost daily when I’m not working.  I never expected to keep them, but I did and feel pretty good about it!

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I’m going back for a third time at the end of September.  I have high hopes after leaving some more concrete feedback and requesting some specific pieces.  Fingers crossed.

So what do you think?  Ready to try it?  It’s pretty fun!  We think you should.

Signature Maggie

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