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K’s First Stitch Fix!

The box is even pretty!

The box is even pretty!

I think I scared the mailman when he delivered this. I saw him walking up to the door with my beautiful Stitch Fix box and, mature 26-year-old that I am, I calmly waited for him to ring the doorbell before thanking him politely for the delivery.

Juuuuust kidding. I ran to the door (with my green face mask still on) and clapped my hands like a 2 year old until he got up the step! Naturally. I’m a child at heart, see? 😉

For my birthday M started up a Stitch Fix account for me and put some money towards my first one. In other words- she spoiled me rotten. I’ve never been an online clothes shopper but this was amazing! They totally nailed my style, and I already have another Fix scheduled 🙂 M has already shared her Stitch Fix successes and how it works, but here’s a quick recap: First you fill out a style profile with preferences on style and price, then you schedule a Fix and pay a $20 styling fee to have the first box of five items picked by a personal shopper sent to you! The $20 styling fee goes toward anything you keep, so you really get your money’s worth. If you keep the whole box, you get 25% off! Keep what you love, and throw whatever you don’t keep in the prepaid postage bag they sent and get it in the mail within three days! Piece-o-cake.

I called M as soon as I closed the front door, and I don’t think I uttered a complete sentence for our whole conversation- I just ooh-ed and ahh-ed over every piece of clothing I pulled out of that wonderful box.

1. This style is me to a T. Loved everything about it!

Navy blue with little white tulips

Navy blue with little white tulips

2. This too was gorgeous- the fabric was a favorite, just a little tight in the shoulders.

Coral with a white pattern and bronze stud embellishments

Coral with white polka dots and bronze stud embellishments

3. I need to find something to say other than ‘I loved this’- but I did! It was the perfect comfy fall sweater.

Grey chunky knit sweater

Grey chunky knit sweater

4. Hands down my favorite- fit, color, style, fabric, price- I have nothing like it in my closet, so it was the perfect combo of my style with something new for me to try.

Maroon and black striped sweater

Maroon and black striped sweater

5. These earrings were my style exactly! This wasn’t actually on the list of things on the invoice they sent me, but if this happens, all you have to do is let them know via email and they’ll adjust it for you.

Bird-in-a-hoop earrings

Bird-in-a-hoop earrings

I intensely dislike trying clothes on in a dressing room at the store- all these other strangers milling around in there with you, I get self conscious. And it’s always frustrating finding a shirt that’s cute in the dressing room only to find out it looks completely different with my favorite pair of pants and in ‘real world lighting’. Stitch Fix eliminates both of those annoying bits about shopping in-store, plus it gives you that opening presents on Christmas feel- something to look forward to, and maybe keeps me from splurging on those random shopping trips if I know I have a Stitch Fix coming soon.

I ended up keeping #4- the maroon sweater, and sending everything else back. While every piece fit my style perfectly, each of the other pieces was a little off either in fit or price. Still, a huge success! There’s a neat little feedback section after you send your items back, too, that lets you say why exactly you didn’t keep the items you sent back, that way they can hone your next Fix even better…I mean, I have yet to find a negative about this method of shopping!

Thank you M, for a fantastic gift!

If any of you haven’t tried it yet, here’s a startup link! Use either M’s or mine 🙂



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Stitchfix Friday

I took a Stitchfix breather for a while, because I finally got a box where I didn’t really like anything. It was painful to send the whole box back and lose that $20 styling fee! So I took a break, and months later, I was ready to get fixed up again.

I let Gabs give me her first impression on all the items. She’s my voice of reason when it comes to shopping.


Bottom line- if they don’t taste good, ix-nay on the clothes. I loved the look of everything in the box upon first glance, and hoped for my wallet’s sake that some of the items wouldn’t fit so they’d be easy ‘no’s’. Does anyone else do that?? I’m probably just a weirdo who needs forced self-control.

#1. I was so excited when I saw this in my box! I saw another blogger get this top and I thought it was so cute on her!

#2. I’m a sucker for the flowy tops. It’s my go-to for a quick outfit and is so light and airy for a summer day. I loved the print and small zipper detail.

#3. I liked this fun and bright chevron print, but was not a fan of the length and neckline. I was disappointed on the fit because I love bright colors!

#4. Again, loved the bright blue and the material this shirt was made out of was SO SOFT. If every piece of clothing I owned was made of this, I’d be in heaven. However, I don’t do cowl-neck. I just don’t. I had to adjust the shirt a lot to lay like this, otherwise it was kind of bunchy.

#5. Lastly, this fun statement necklace! Navy with gold, and loved the length. I think this is the first time I ever kept jewelry from a fix!


Man, I look like such a dweeb trying on clothes. Pardon the selfies! I do love that we can try on clothes in the comfort of our own homes with Stitchfix- as well as try the pieces on with items from our own closet.

This is the perfect shopping experience for me, as its not as easy to try things on at the mall anymore while trying to keep Gabby entertained- plus those fitting rooms are teensy! My stylist for this fix really listened to my comments and gave me an A+ box.

I ended up keeping #1, #2, and #5! Most successful fix thus far- and so easy to send back the items I chose not to keep!

Have you gotten your fix yet? Here’s a link to get you started!



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a nice surprise and green monster

I got called on Wednesday night and was told that the provider at the Escalon clinic was sick and therefore we could not open the clinic on Thursday. “Aw, what a bummer… I hope she feels better soon…” was what I said. And what I truly meant! But I was secretly SO excited to have the day off! What a nice surprise- I was starting to get a little nervous that I wouldn’t have time to shop for a fanny pack for my trip?!


Yes, you heard me right. I was an avid lover of fanny packs in my younger days, and I still am. Pretty sure I always will be. It’s so much more convenient than lugging around a purse all day, and it can probably double as a belt. Just kidding, I don’t know about the belt part, but it sure is nice for hiking! Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. Just in case you are wondering, because I’m sure you guys all secretly want one too, they are only $5 at WalMart! Score.

On to more important things! My day off yesterday was just beautiful. Started out the day with a walk with my dogs and my favorite green monster smoothie. Man, all my recipes are green lately. Time for a new color!


As I walked, I planned out my mental to-do list and thought about adding a wood-burning tool to my shopping list so I could make this. Did not buy one, because the first attempt at wood burning turned out like this. (I need a few more lessons from Master K before I invest) 20120615-094358.jpg








Hardly very intricate detailing there, but you were warned that I am not crafty!

I got home, ran a few errands, and fit in a quick shopping trip to Old Navy for some comfy capris and last minute travel items. K, I really needed Lindsey with me for the whole ‘avoiding over shopping thing’. I haven’t packed yet for Israel, and it’s not a good idea to go shopping when you’re worried you don’t have the right kind of clothing for your trip. You end up buying things that you know you’ll never wear again. (Thank goodness for their bomb return policy!) Then got home and made a quick lunch of maple almond butter oatmeal. Have you guys tried this combo? Do it and thank me later 🙂


1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk, water, spoonful of almond butter, 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (and a pink lady apple!)

I grabbed a quick and low-key workout and then spent the rest of the day on the phone with K and cleaning the house like a mad woman- I love coming home to a clean house 🙂

Dinner was those meatballs that I made a while ago. I have not been cooking as much these past few days because we have been avoiding grocery shopping and trying to use up what we have in the fridge before we go. Joey’s brother came over for dinner after his first day of his internship and was starved, so we were glad that we had something that was ready to be popped in the oven and ready in a few minutes! That along with some roasted veggies and garlic bread made for a pretty filling meal. Instead of meatballs for me, I had a hankering for some of my mom’s homemade chili. She made me some months and months ago, and I had stuck in the freezer for instances such as this. I roasted some cubed sweet potato and mixed it in with the chili and wow, that was the best decision I’ve made all day! SO good! I will come back with a recipe for you guys, I promise. The chili and sweet potato mixture is incredible!

Finished up the day with the Heat vs Thunder game (c’mon Thunder!?) and a nice big bowl of brownies and ice cream. Sorry, I ate that way too fast so there’s no picture.

What a nice day off.

Happy Friday!


Green Monster Smoothie

serves YOU!

2-3 big handfuls of fresh spinach

4 oz. plain Greek Yogurt

1Tbps PB2 (or regular peanut butter)

1 frozen banana

1 cup ice

water or milk to thin out


Blend it all together in a blender! I would recommend starting with the liquid at the bottom, then spinach, and then the heavier ingredients on top so that it pushes the spinach down, making it easier to blend. The more ice you use, the more smoothie-like it will be!


P.S. sorry for the blurry picture- I freeze my ‘naners with the peel on, so it looks pretty gross there. Also, you will learn as you read my posts that I like to try new weird food products. (Don’t ask why I like some ingredients and are scared of others) PB2 is something I ordered from Amazon because I heard good things about it from  Jenna. Its basically peanut butter that has all of the oil pressed out of it- so it is in a powdered form. I have grown to adore this stuff! You can sprinkle it on apples for a snack, mix it in brownies, and countless other things.

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