Random

  • A sign our boys are growing up – I’ve noticed less and less missing of the toilet, if you know what I mean.
  • Growing up, one of my friend’s mother used to read the Lord of the Rings series with her and her brothers. I thought it was the sweetest thing for a family to read an entire series of something together and promised myself I’d do it with my kids. We started a few years ago and read all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books together and started the Percy Jackson series as well. Tonight the second Percy movie comes out and I’m surprising the boys with a movie date. We finished the second book about a year and a half ago so they’ve been waiting a long time for this movie. We’ve only watched (and shrieked about) the previews 9,465,796 times.
  • Within the past 18 days, we’ve spent over $60 on tolls. It sucks living on an island.
  • I can not stand when Josh brings a half empty bag of chips into the living room but doesn’t cut the bag. Who wants to dig their arm into a bag of chips? Cut the top off!
  • Josh wants to buy the new Honda Odyssey solely for the built in vacuum cleaner.2014-honda-odyssey-13
  • Three awesome readers (all right, well, two awesome readers plus my sister) have used my Stitch Fix link which means I have $75 free dollars to spend on clothes! Woo Hoo!
  • Our good friends from back home are coming to visit this weekend for Josh’s birthday and I am SO excited. Six years since we’ve lived in Ohio and this is the first time we’ve had friends from back home come to visit us. Hopefully it’s the first of many.
  • The Pirates are still in first place. Josh requested that I include this.
  • Ruby is trying really hard to say her name but it’s coming out more like “boobie”. I have to say, I did not see that one coming.IMG_4740
  • Time Warner, our cable company here, just cut Showtime and CBS. If these channels aren’t back within the month we’re dropping them. Homeland and Survivor are two of our top five favorite shows and if we can’t even watch them why pay $160 a month? Geeze, I wish I could just seriously cut the cord.
  • Target’s back to school commercials are awesome. I’m absolutely one of those people who gets caught up in marketing. Remember the Gap’s old commercials?
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I got my fix!

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised to open my door and find my first Stitch Fix box waiting for me. It arrived fast! I quickly opened it (it felt like Christmas!) and found four shirts and a skirt. I’ll admit, I was a little bummed because I was hoping for at least one accessory but other than that I was really pleased with my box.

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At first glance I liked the skirt and three of the shirts but upon trying them on, I decided one shirt was out because it had ruched shoulders and I’m not a fan. Next out was another shirt because I looked at the price. For a sheer, sleeveless button up it was $68 and I’m just far too cheap for that (plus I swear I can buy the exact same shirt at Target on clearance for $7).IMG_5013

I was absolutely in love with this green shirt…

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Until I saw this picture. And then it was out as well. The only thing left was the skirt.

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I liked the skirt but bird print is something that I’d never pick out myself. Then I thought, isn’t that the point of Stitch Fix? To have a stylist pick out clothes for you. That is why I did this, after all. I tried everything on for Josh and he agreed, the skirt was the best. Actually, he absolutely loved the skirt so with his seal of approval, I bought it!

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Each piece comes with one of these cards giving styling ideas. I love this feature.

As for the rest of the clothes, I just have to stuff them into the prepaid envelope and send them back free of charge. Overall I loved my first Stitch Fix experience. It’s a fun and exciting way to get new clothes. Though I’m not planning on one of these boxes every month, I’ll definitely order more anytime I want a little something new. In case you’re wondering, the skirt cost $48 but my $20 styling fee (that I paid when I ordered a Stitch Fix box) goes towards that cost so essentially, I paid $28.

If you’re interested in trying Stitch Fix for yourself, visit it via this link and I’ll receive a sharing credit towards my next box 🙂

Random

  • A friend posted this quote on Facebook and I love it.

“In 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.”

  • Ruby is a champion eater. The other day I had tuna mixed with a little mayo for lunch. The boys tasted it and made ugly faces but Ruby tasted it and asked for more. She ended up sharing it all with me. It just tickles me when she tries and likes new foods.IMG_4828
  • It sucks to read nasty comments about your writing. I knew this would happen when I agreed to The Huffington Post and I promised myself that I wouldn’t comment back but one night I drank a little too much and the next thing I knew I was replying to one of them. It has been easy to blow off most of the comments because they’re just so crazy but one lady really got to me when she said that my entire post was just a typical military wife, complaining and looking for sympathy. It’s also not so nice to hear antimilitary people say that we just use the government to live a middle class life and we shouldn’t have kids. I’m trying just to focus on the 1,000+ people who have “liked” the post.
  • I’m pretty sure Ruby’s a lefty. I know they say you can’t tell this young but if she picks something up with her right hand, she will immediately switch it to her left. She throws with her left hand and colors with her left hand. Josh used to joke that he was going to tie our boys’ right hand behind their back so they’d learn to be southpaws so it’s pretty funny that his only daughter may be one.
  • Over 12 years ago I told Josh something that my grandma used to say to me and since then he has said it too. When I was little, and I’d start to tell her something but then forget, she’d say, “It must have been a lie.” which is what her mother had said to her when she was little. The other day I forgot what I was saying and without missing a beat Josh said, “It must have been a lie.” It made me smile to think of how a small bit of mammy’s mother, who died in 1966, was still being passed on. I wonder if someone said it to her when she was a child.IMG_4831
  • Parker and Theo tried bologna for the first time last week and they both hated it. Parker said that it was “offensive”. Ha!
  • My husband is hot. He’s trying out a new hair style (as much of a style as you can have in the CG) and I love it. He’s a little insecure about it still because it’s completely different than he’s ever had but I think it looks great.IMG_4957
  • All I want to do is go to the beach. Every day. I’m so pissed that I took the four years we lived next to the beach in Cape May for granted.
  • Parker and I used a public bathroom while we were at the beach last weekend and we both died laughing over a “poem” that was written on the wall. I’ll spare you the actual words because it was pretty vulgar but it reminded me of a cross stitch that used to hang in the bathroom of Josh’s childhood home –

“Goodness gracious what a caper,

here I sit without no paper.

My train is due, I must not linger.

One, two, three here goes my finger!”

hahaha! I’ve called dibs on that family heirloom! 🙂

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  • After several times of Sirius radio charging our bank card without our permission, Josh was fed up and called and cancelled. We’ve had Sirius for over two years so not having it is an adjustment. The first day we didn’t have it Theo asked us to turn on Radio Disney about 35 times before he finally understood that we no longer have Radio Disney, Parker complained that FM “doesn’t sound as good”, and I complained about all of the commercials. It’s only a matter of time before we’ve all worked Josh enough to call and resubscribe.
  • Speaking of the radio. I am obsessed with this song (though I haven’t heard it yet on FM radio).
  • This song too. 
  • Weddings make me bawl. I love weddings. I cried while watching Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding on tv. I cry when I look at Facebook friends’ wedding pictures. Most recently one of my favorite bloggers got married and I cried while scrolling through her wedding post. The funny thing is that I never had a wedding. I can honestly say that I never wanted one for myself but I would be devastated if any of my kids chose not to have a wedding.
  • I ordered my first Stitch Fix and I can’t wait for it to arrive. Stitch Fix is basically an online personal stylist. You pay $20, fill out an extensive questionnaire to help them determine your style and then they mail you a box filled with a few different clothing and accessory pieces. You can choose to ship it all back (they provide you with a postage paid envelope) or keep what you want, in which case the $20 that you already paid will go towards your purchase. I thought it was hysterical that one of the questions was “Are you a mom?” Super important when it comes to style! In case you want to try it out for yourself, here’s a link that would give me a sharing credit towards my next “fix”. 
  • Lastly, don’t forget the Woolzies giveaway ends tomorrow night! Just go tell me what your family does to be a little greener in the comment section of that post for a chance to win!