Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Christmas in July | 2017

Merry Christmas in July, guys!

If you've been around here for a while then you probably know that I am not a big fan of summer, which is unfortunate since I live in the land of perpetual summer. So, when it feels like 102 degrees outside and the holiday season seems at least another 6 months away I like to celebrate Christmas in July. It brings a little bit of wintery cheer to the summer and it makes me happy.

Last year I went a little overboard. I was pregnant with Lincoln and I knew that the next actual Christmas would be with two kids instead of one, so I wanted to go all out for Christmas in July for Aria before we toned it down for (real) Christmas since we'd have a new baby to take care of. We put up the Christmas tree, we made two festive dinners, we did crafts, we made treats, we watched Christmas movies, we read every single Christmas book we could get our hands on, etcetc.

It was a blast.

This year I brought it back down to reality a little bit. But, y'all...I was so tempted to borrow Great Grandma's tree to put up.

Here is what we did do though...

Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
Instead of trying to squeeze Great Grandma's tree in our car trunk Aria and I crafted our own little paper tree. It was a case where the vision I had in my mind turned out even cuter in person, and it was super easy. Aria and I glued a bunch of green construction paper together and then I cut out a tree shape. Aria cut out the star and I cut out the circles for ornaments. A little double sided tape later and instant tree.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
We made our favorite Christmas kiss cookies. 

I'll be stepping on little circle sprinkles for a week.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
I pulled all of Aria's Christmas books down and we read just about every single one.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
Aria made some snowglobes, which I saw on momfessionals at some point in time and the idea stuck in my mind.

I had a few more crafts on the agenda, but we had an unfortunate man eating spider incident that took up about an hour and a half of my time and at least 4 years off of my life. Merry Christmas in July to me, right?

Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
But, we also enjoyed hot cocoa with kiss cookies along with lots of Christmas music. Aria wore her fancy Christmas dresses. A Christmas in July present appeared under our paper tree - a new book to bring on an upcoming trip (she knows it was from mom and dad though). And, after I tucked the kids in bed I put on The Holiday for a little festive end to the 'holiday'.

It was the perfect touch of holiday to tide me over until September...when the real fun starts!

I could have done without the spider though.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

7am
Usually Lincoln nurses quickly and is ready to go again, but first thing in the morning he will snuggle with me for a bit while he wakes up. It's my favorite.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

8am
I have a pile of toys in my bedroom to keep a certain someone occupied while I get ready in the mornings. But, he loves when I brush my teeth. He will come sit on the floor next to my sink and stare at me while I brush. If I look over at him he gets a big smile. Also my favorite.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

9am
Can you spot our fort? This monstrosity was up all weekend.
Can you spot Aria? She got to have her cereal in the living room while watching a show since the kitchen table was under sheets somewhere.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

 10am
This guy woke up from his morning nap extra early.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

11am
We went over to Great Grandma's house.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

12pm
Great Grandma has cable, ha. The draw of Doc McStuffins.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

1pm
Lincoln wasn't excited about leaving Great Grandma's to run a few errands.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

3pm 
We picked up a book of Disney Fairies stories at the library the other day.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

 4pm
Playing a game with dad that only she understands.
Lincoln crawled in to see what all the hooting and hollering was about.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

5pm
Fireman Aria and her 'dalmation' Lizzy were rescuing kitties from fires and trees.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

 6pm
Freshly wash-clothed off from dinner. The spiky hair!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

7pm
After jammies we gather in Aria's room for a little bit of play time and books before bed.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Stitch Fix Review - #3

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

I just got my third fix the other day. I've been waiting to feel like myself again after giving birth and I wanted to be past the newborn spit up days (mostly) before scheduling my next fix. So, 7ish months out and I figured it was time for a little closet spruce. This time around I requested all tops and/or dresses. I have a few pairs of shorts that do the trick, but I could use some variety in the tops department.

My box arrived on the front porch (when I also noticed that the porch could use a sweep...and a welcome mat) and I couldn't wait to open it up. You can get a sneak peek online after your fix ships, but I always wait until I can open the box myself.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

While I was digging into my fix Lincoln was playing with the bottom of his high chair.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

But, then he spotted mama on the floor...

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

And, everybody knows that mamas on the floor cannot be resisted. Are you dying? I'm dying. ha. That face!

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

So, after a quick look (with one hand) at what was sent in my fix I had to set it aside until nap time to give it a proper inspection. 

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

Here is what came in my third fix (brought to you by nap time)...

PIXLEY DIRULO DRESS

My first thought was that the print was crazy. I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. But, once I slipped it on I really liked it. I also noticed that the top was much too big. The straps kept slipping off of my shoulders, which was a bummer since it was comfortable and I rather liked it. I also think it would look great with a denim jacket, which I noticed was suggested on the style card too so I felt extra fashionable after that. Although, I don't even own a denim jacket...so there's that.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

But, the fit just wasn't great on me so I had to send it back. Sadly.

verdict: returned

MARKET & SPRUCE LILA CROCHET TRIM TOP

When I took this top out of the perfectly folded stack of items I was a bit overwhelmed with the floral. It's bright and busy but not in a good way... I tried it on and still hated it. ha. It was comfortable though and silky. I liked the crochet details at the top, but on the other hand it would show bra straps through.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

The deal breaker though was the pattern. I felt like I was wearing something you'd find at your crazy aunt's house covering the toilets. Not my taste.

verdict: returned

THML FARLI EMBROIDERY DETAIL TOP

Blue is one of my favorite colors to wear so I was excited to try this one one. I slipped it on and instantly loved how it felt and fit. The material was super light and soft. The sleeves were loose, which I love. I could take or leave the embroidery in the center though.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

I wavered back and forth on keeping this one or not, but at $58 I felt that it was too expensive for a casual shirt. If it had started with a 4 instead of a 5 I would have probably kept it.

verdict: returned

SKIES ARE BLUE KELSIE EYELET HALTER TOP

The picture doesn't do this justice, but the color is really lovely - like a bright rose. I also like wearing halter tops. But, when I put it on it did not fit me well. The bit between the neck and the arm holes gaped open awkwardly. I felt like it fit normally everywhere else though so it wasn't just too big in general. I really liked how the neckline looked, but I would have needed to invest in a strapless bra (which sounds challenging) or just wear my hair strategically, ha.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

But, even though it is a lovely color I had to send this one back.

verdict: returned

FUN2FUN ZAHARI SPLIT NECK TOP

When I checked out the style card before pulling out all the items from my fix I thought this top looked a little boring. But, I ended up loving it once I pulled it out and put it on. It's super lightweight, perfect for a Florida summer. I thought the floral was feminine and pretty without being too crazy. The top is comfortable, soft, and easy to wear. And, my favorite part are the sleeves. They are flowy and have this sweet little edging detail around them. The edging is Aria's favorite part too, she keeps telling me she likes my snowflakes =) I think they are little flowers technically though.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

Sweet Turtle Soup - Stitch Fix Review #3

Winner, winner. This top was just what I wanted to add to my closet. (And, I've already worn it twice)

verdict: kept

THE RESULTS:
Dirulo Dress by Pixley ($44) - returned
Lila Crochet Trim Top by Market & Spruce ($54) - returned
Farli Embroidery Detail Top by THML ($58) - returned
Kelsie Eyelet Halter Top by Skies Are Blue - ($58) - returned
Zahari Split Neck Top by Fun2Fun ($44) - kept

1/5 this fix

I feel like this fix could have been a 4/5 with a few tweaks. But, I don't have any problem keeping just one perfect item!

TELL ME A LITTLE MORE ABOUT STITCH FIX

If you haven't heard about Stitch Fix it is a really fun service where you are paired with a stylist that hand picks 5 pieces of clothing for you to try on in the convenience of your own home. Getting started is easy. You just answer a few questions to create your free style profile. And, when you are ready you can schedule when you want your fix to arrive. For a $20 styling fee, you will be paired with a stylist that will review your style profile and even check out a specific pinterest board where you can pin all of your favorite styles before selecting 5 items they think will be perfect for you. Your fix ships for free. When it arrives you have 3 business days to try everything on to see what you love and what you want to send back. After you've made your decisions simply return the items you don't want in the provided pre-paid shipping envelope, keep what you love, and check out online.

If you happen to love all 5 of your items, you even get 25% off the total. And, you can use your $20 styling fee towards your purchase so an instant $20 off anything you decide to keep.  You can also choose how often you want to receive fixes - every few weeks, every month, etc. Or, you can manually schedule your fixes to suit your needs.

If you haven't tried it yet, I'd recommend you sign up (with my referral link if you so desire) and get your first box. It is really exciting to find a box full of lovely clothes sitting on your door step.