Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stitch Fix #10 - Decisions, decisions

One thing I look forward to every month is getting my Stitch Fix in the mail. So when it arrived a day early I was really excited (totally not sad, right?).

This time around, I asked my stylist to send some casual tops, a lightweight jacket, a maxi dress and some linen pants. I really don't have a "need" for anything right now so I thought it would be fun to get a range of clothes. Plus, this gave her somewhere to start looking. And to her credit, she was able to send everything but the linen pants. Do you own a pair of linen pants? It's like wearing pajamas, but in a respectable way.

Here's what she sent me:

Here's the maxi dress. It fits pretty well and it's nice and long. The pattern isn't something I would normally pick out for myself. Nate thinks it's a little "hippie" for his taste, but the more I look at it, the more it grows on me. Plus, I love a good maxi dress. I'm on the fence with this one. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Little Blue Truck Birthday

Have you heard of the Little Blue Truck books? They're ridiculously cute. The first one is on a farm, the second ventures into the big city and the third is a Christmas special. I used to read them over and over and over again to E. He's varied up our book routine recently, but I can still recite the Little Blue Truck books by heart. No telling what piece of intelligence my brain sacrificed so I'd have the space to memorize those books. I hope it wasn't math-related. I really need help with numbers...but I digress. We focused on the first book for E's birthday inspiration. Lots of farm animals and blue trucks. There's also a dump truck in the book, but all of the dump truck things I found were older looking so I stuck with the more toddler-friendly farm animals.

Now I planned this party for months. After my mini breakdown over invites (go here to read about that drama), I thought I would scale back my plans and opt for a more stress-free party. Apparently, my type-A personality couldn't hang. So...I decided to make a Little Blue Truck cutout from a foam board we had hanging around the garage. Hey, I'm all about upcycling. And one truck turned into two. I know. I need professional help.

Luckily, my parents and sister arrived the day before the party and were able to help finish the trucks. My sister and Nate did most of the painting while I made the cake and finished up some other projects (did I mention we were all sick AGAIN leading up to the party? Lord, help us all). Anyway, I'm going to share a couple of projects in case someone else is searching Pinterest for ideas.

Here's our finished Little Blue Truck. They did an awesome paint job, right?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

DIY: 9 Busy Book Ideas for Toddlers

A few months ago, one of the moms in our group had the awesome idea to make a busy book for our toddlers. Much like the busy bag ideas, each person would be responsible for one page of the book and then replicate it several times depending on how many people wanted to participate. I had some angst about agreeing to join in the fun because I don't sew. I've mentioned before that I don't own needles or thread or a machine or the skill set and so on and so forth. I went on Pinterest and found a no-sew page that I could create (which actually turned into some sewing, but more on that later). I thought I had done an OK job, but man, the other moms really went above and beyond. Here are the pages in E's book. 

The cover page has E's name embroidered on the front and the stickers are removable so we can practice spelling his name. 

The caterpillar has four body parts that are all removable. The snaps are actually different sizes so it helps with memory and problem-solving. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

DIY: St. Patrick's Day Shirt Toddler Edition

One of the challenges I've recently run into is finding holiday attire for E. I can almost always find girls clothing, but boys are seriously lacking in the smaller holiday department, i.e. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day. Part of the reason I'm in a bind is because E is wearing a 3T now. When it was 24 months and below it was much easier to find holiday options. Now he's in an in-between size. The babies have options and the school-aged kids have options. Or maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot. Or maybe it's because I can't bring myself to spend $30 on a shirt he's going to wear once - I'm looking at you Etsy vendors.

So I decided to make him a shirt for his St. Patrick's Day party. I didn't want to buy a lot of extras so the only thing I purchased was the actual shirt. I got his shirt at Target for $3. Everything else was out of my craft box or repurposed from something else.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Stitch Fix #9 - Redemption

My most recent Stitch Fix box arrived a few days ago. I was beyond relieved when I opened it and found a note from Jacqueslene (see: Stitch Fix #8 - Big Box of Sadness). I never found out why she went missing last month, but it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

When I put in my request for this month, I asked for something I could wear to a work ceremony. It's almost time for Nate to leave command and I thought it would be fun to wear something new to the event. My stylist sent me two dresses to choose from and three casual tops for everyday wear. And, before you judge the short sleeves, I did tell her that we're moving to a warm climate and I wanted to update my spring/summer looks. 

Here's what she sent:

I really need to get a flash for the camera because the colors are so wonky. But here's the blue dress I decided to keep. I really liked the collar and I think it's perfect for the ceremony.