Thursday, April 23, 2015

Stitch Fix Review #14

I love getting my Stitch Fix box of surprises on my doorstep each month! I can't believe this is my 14th box of goodies from Stitch Fix. I have no plans of stopping this service anytime soon. Yes I am addicted to Stitch Fix.

Once your fix ships, you have the option of "peeking" online to see the names of what you will be receiving. I admit I usually do this each month, so I have a general idea of what I'll be receiving. But I decided that one of my favorite parts of getting a Stitch Fix box is the element of surprise. So this month I did not peek at all. And it was even more fun to open my box of surprise clothes!
I was a bit disappointed when I read the note from my stylist and saw that it was a different person. My stylist was on vacation and I somehow got assigned a new stylist. I was afraid this new person wouldn't do a very good job of sending me items I like, but I think she did okay. However, I have requested my other stylist to do my "fixes" from here on out. She's the best!

My photos this month are horrible, so I apologize for that. I'll try to enlist Adam to help me out next month by taking my pictures.

Siena Capri Pant by Kut From The Kloth
Ok so I really like the idea of these pants. I love coral, and I did request capri pants. I already own two items of clothing by this same brand and love both of them. So in theory these pants were perfect for me. But unfortunately the fit was just strange. They were tight in my calves, which surprised me because I don't think I have large calves. This caused the pants to bunch and wrinkle around my knees a little bit. If the fit in the lower legs had been better I would have kept these capri pants because everything else about them was great. Status: RETURN

Lex Textured Floral Knit Fit and Flare Dress by Brixon Ivy
I really just hate this dress. The fit and flare style looks okay on me, but the color is awful. The yellow and gray floral pattern reminds me of a couch, and I think I would need a really good tan for the colors to be flattering. Status: RETURN

Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short by Dear John
I knew I would be keeping these shorts as soon as I pulled them out of my box. I think the pattern looks a little strange in the picture. It is actually a very small navy and white stripe. They are cuffed at the bottom and the perfect length and fit. I think they would look cute with a variety of different solid-colored tops that I own. I am glad my stylist listened to my request for shorts. The weather is about to get really hot here so I am trying to build up my supply of shorts in my closet. Back in Newark I rarely had to wear shorts so I only owned 2 pairs until now. Status: KEEP
 
Thomson Cross Front Blouse by Collective Concepts
When I looked at the above picture I was surprised that this blouse didn't actually look too bad on me. I was a bit irritated with this blouse at first. I did request a floral top, but I asked for a knit top. This polyester shirt is definitely not what I would consider a "knit" fabric. The other reason this shirt irked me is because an extremely similar top was sent to me by Stitch Fix last year. I sent it back then because I didn't like it, so why would they send me another shirt that is so similar? One of the options when filling out my style profile is to include or exclude certain fabrics, such as leather, wool, and polyester. I am going to change my profile to exclude polyester going forward, so that should guarantee more cotton knit tops. Status: RETURN 
 
Montezuma Split Neck Blouse by Sweet Rain
This shirt is so cute. It is a beautiful mint color that I love, with tiny white hearts all over. While I loved the color and general style of this blouse, I wasn't totally in love with the shoulder and chest area. Because I am a bit top heavy, shirts with higher necklines are not very flattering on me. I also felt like the shoulders were a little bit too wide. I still loved this shirt, though, and was undecided about it up until the very last minute. I may regret my decision, but I ultimately sent this one back. Status: RETURN

Overall I'm happy with this fix because I ended up with a great pair of shorts! You can read my other Stitch Fix reviews here: http://nullybabyblog.blogspot.com/search?q=stitch+fix

What is holding you back from trying Stitch Fix? It is so convenient and such a special treat, especially for those of us who don't get a chance to shop alone. You can sign up to receive a Stitch Fix box for yourself here. I appreciate you using my referral link!: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3168832

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weighty Wednesday: Stressed

These past couple weeks have been tough. Life with 3 little kids is just really hard. I have been having a very difficult time lately with my boys, and getting through each day can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. It makes me seek out something for a little comfort and enjoyment, and that something usually ends up being food. And of course when I'm feeling anxious and stressed I want the foods that aren't that great for me, like desserts or rich creamy cheesy foods.

I actually lost 1 pound last week but was too busy to blog about it. Unfortunately I gained that 1 pound back this week, which means I still have 4 pounds left to lose. Technically, I don't have any more baby weight to lose. I am officially at the weight I was at when I got pregnant with Jenna. So I could quit this whole weight loss thing now and be happy with where I'm at. But I set a goal back in January and I still want to meet that goal.

I need to strike a healthy balance. On the one hand I need to be kind to myself during this difficult phase with my kids, and give myself a little grace. Losing weight when you're stressed and sleep-deprived is tough. But on the other hand I don't want to use my kids as an excuse to not take care of myself. (Or an excuse to eat ice cream every night!)

Lbs Lost So Far: 27
Lbs Left To Lose: 4

I think the key to losing these last few pounds is going to be exercise. I feel like my body is really flabby and soft (hello, I just gained 50 pounds and birthed my 3rd child). Exercise could really help me to tone up a little bit. I was talking to Adam about this last week and we agreed to try working out together in the evenings. We have the P90X workout DVDs so we decided to try them. We had the best of intentions, but here's how it went. The first night I had to go out somewhere, so Adam was watching the kids alone. The second night Adam didn't get home from work until after 9pm. The third night Jenna was up until 11:30pm. By the fourth night we were both too tired to move, let alone do a strenuous workout.

I wish there was some sort of workout routine I could do easily with my kids around. I suppose I could try doing a workout at home on the TV in the mornings, but then I wouldn't be able to keep an eye on the boys. And trust me, they need about 10 eyes on them at all times.  I like the idea of a workout challenge with a time frame, like a 30 day challenge or 6-week couch to 5k program. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jenna: 5 Months

Jenna, how can you already be 5 months old? Time is really flying by and I want to keep you at this age for as long as possible! You are just the sweetest little thing.
You are still such a content baby. You go with the flow, whether that mean having hotwheels zoomed over your head, or being constantly interrupted during nursing sessions because Mommy is needed elsewhere. I can set you down to run and break up a fight, and when I come back you are just patiently waiting for me, smiling and cooing. (Or undressing yourself!)
I started feeding you solids last week, just for fun. I'll probably do a separate post next month about my approach to feeding you because I'm trying to do things differently this time around. I started you off with homemade brown rice cereal. 
Your new "trick" this month is sticking out your tongue.
I had some setbacks with your sleeping habits this month. Once you learned to roll over I had to stop swaddling you because you would get stuck on your tummy. I dreaded doing this because I knew you wouldn't sleep as well. And I was right. It has been much harder to get you to fall asleep by rocking and nursing. One night last week I had tried everything and you just wouldn't go to sleep. I finally just placed you in your crib and left the room. And what do you know....you fell asleep on your own! You have done this about a dozen times since then, for both naps and bedtime. Yep, you're pretty much the perfect baby.
Despite how easy-going you are, there are some things that really seem to bother you. You hate being cold. You can't stand being separated from Mommy, particularly in the evening. You get mad when you roll over and getting stuck on your tummy. And you don't seem to like Lucas very much yet. (Ryan can always make you smile!)
Unfortunately you have discovered the television. And you love it. If the TV is on you will stretch your neck around in order to watch it. I'll turn you around but you still try as hard as you can to see the TV screen.
I just love your chubby cheeks! You fill our house with so much love (and pink!) and I love watching you grow each month.
Photobomb! See, I told you she's not so sure about big brother Lucas.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Two Tongues

Three things I learned from this photo:

1) Jenna has really big cheeks.
2) Babies learn quickly from older siblings.
3) Lucas has a really big tongue!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paint Nite

My sister and I did something really fun last night. We went to a Paint Nite! This is an event at a local bar or restaurant where an instructor guides you through how to paint a specific picture. You can be as creative as you want, so everyone's painting ends up looking a little different. Here is the example of the picture we were supposed to paint:
 Ready to start painting!
Here is my painting with just the background. It didn't quite look how I wanted it to....it looked more like an easter egg!
After painting on the stems.......
Here is my finished painting! Hey, I never said I was an artist.
Here is my sister painting. I love how hers turned out! (She is the artist in the family)
 Side by side.
We had such a fun time getting out of the house for a couple hours and doing something fun together as sisters. It was nice to actually focus on something without the distraction of kids! Have you ever done a Paint Nite?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Screecher

Jenna has turned into quite the little screecher. She has to be heard over her brothers, after all!
video

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ryan's 5-Year Checkup

Ryan had his 5-year checkup with his new doctor yesterday. Ryan was being his typical self when around someone he doesn't know well. He completely shut down and wouldn't talk to the doctor. You can see how excited he was in this picture.......
Ryan had his vision and hearing checked and everything looked great. I was actually a little concerned about his vision because lately he has been wiggling is eyebrows up and down constantly. I thought maybe he was doing it to focus his vision. But his eyes are fine, and his eyebrow wiggling is likely just a weird tick or habit.

Ryan continues to be a pretty small boy. Last year he was in the 11th percentile for height and weight. This year he was pretty much exactly the same. This didn't surprise me at all! Here are his 5-year growth stats:

Weight: 35 lbs (12%)
Height 40.5 inches (11%)
BMI: 34%

I expressed to the doctor that while I'm not concerned about his size (that's just how God made him!), I am concerned about his awful eating habits. Ryan's doctor simply reminded me that I control what goes onto Ryan's plate, and from there Ryan controls what he eats off of his plate. It's simple in theory but difficult to execute! I can stock the house full of healthy foods but the hard part is listening to the whining and backlash all day long when I won't give in to Ryan's requests for less-than-healthy foods. (chips) It's exhausting!

Ryan got 4 vaccinations and a blood draw to check his iron (results were perfect).

We also spoke about Ryan's defiant behavior and aggressive tendencies, but that's a post for another time. Ryan's health is great and he got all the necessary medical paperwork signed for him to begin Kindergarten. I can't believe he is getting so old!